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These furry masked bandits probably hang out in your neighborhood—they’re amazing survivors and can thrive in all sorts of habitats.

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Sometimes raccoons are blamed for damage they don’t do (it might be your neighbor’s dog who’s rummaging in the trash). The first step to take is to make sure it’s a raccoon you’re dealing with. Look at the clock: If you hear sounds in the house or the trash is knocked over during the day, it’s...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Raccoons sometimes get into scraps with cats and they may occasionally prey on small animals housed outside, such as chickens and rabbits. When no other food is available, raccoons might even prey upon kittens and small cats, but other times, they can be seen eating side-by-side when cats are fed...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Raccoons rarely pose health risks to humans, but as with any wild animal knowing the signs of illness and risks of exposure will help you know how to protect yourself and your family.

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Raccoon dog in a cage at a fur farm

The video is hard to watch: A raccoon dog is clubbed and hung upside down, still conscious, as a seller in a Chinese market yanks off her skin. Then the peeled animal—alive, moving, blinking—is thrown on a pile to die. The subject of a 2005 investigation, she was just one of millions of raccoon dogs...

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Karen E. Lange

Before evicting raccoons from your house, you need to figure out how they're entering (that is, if you don't want them coming right back in). Give your house a thorough inspection to find areas where raccoons could get in by viewing your house from the perspective of an animal looking for a den. Is...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

One quick and easy solution to keep raccoons from eating seed intended for your backyard birds is to put out only as much seed as the birds will eat by nightfall. Raccoons forage at night, so they’ll miss the free lunch you’re providing. Another equally simple solution is to bring your bird feeders...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Raccoons are more likely to visit in winter and spring, but they can and will get inside at any time of year. In spring, a mother may choose an attic or chimney as a safe spot for giving birth and raising her young. Raccoons in the attic As intelligent problem-solvers with great dexterity and...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

From a raccoon’s point of view, humans make excellent neighbors. After all, raccoons don't know that our luscious vegetable gardens, uncapped chimneys and full birdfeeders aren't there just for them. And when these clever critters take advantage of the food and shelter we (usually unintentionally)...

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Adapted from the book Wild Neighbors

While chimneys and attics are common raccoon homes, a resourceful raccoon can make a den just about anywhere in your house. Ceiling or walls You may hear a raccoon above the ceiling tiles in your house or one may work their way down into wall voids from the attic or through an external entry hole...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Smart and resourceful, raccoons often get into trouble when they take advantage of the enticing foods we offer in our yards and gardens. Yards Raccoons can damage lawns (especially recently sodded ones) by digging for earthworms and grubs. Often they simply reach under the strips and feel around for...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)
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By Kelly L. Williams

Raccoons often leave their feces in communal sites called latrines. Because raccoons are the primary host of Baylisascaris procyanis, a roundworm that can harm people, and the roundworm eggs may be present in raccoon feces, their latrines should be removed and cleaned up whenever they might pose a...

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If a raccoon enters a house through a pet door, they might have trouble finding their way back out. Skunks, opossums, stray cats and other unwelcome animals may also get in. You can easily prevent this by locking your pet door at night with your pet inside or installing a pet door that will open...

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Wild Neighbors (adapted from the book)

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor settled a civil contempt suit brought by the Humane Society of the United States after an investigation revealed more than 40 fur advertising and labeling violations between December 2013 and November 2014. The HSUS’ investigation uncovered evidence that Saks (PDF...

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rows of cages holding many arctic fox at a fur farm in China

Editor's note: In late August, as mink on fur farms in the Netherlands continued to fall sick with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, the Dutch government announced that it would require all mink fur farms to close by March of 2021, nearly three years sooner than required by a...

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By Karen E. Lange

WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States released today the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into two wildlife killing contests in Frederick County and in Waldorf, Maryland. Investigators documented the judging portions of the events, with participants lining up rows of...

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent cruel and thoughtless torture and killing of a raccoon in Plainfield, New Jersey. This is in addition...

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Thanks to widespread pet vaccinations, effective post-exposure treatment and the relative rarity of undetected bites by rabid animals, the number of human deaths from rabies in the United States caused has declined to an average of only one or two per year—far less than the number of human...

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