Raccoons

Did you know?


  • Raccoons walk flat on their feet like humans do.
  • They feed near water (if they can) and rinse their food.
  • Raccoons will eat just about anything, including bird eggs, rodents, bats and insects.
  • Raccoons have an average life span of two to three years, but may live more than 10 years.
  • Per Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, raccoons can be trapped, but must be relocated within two miles of where they’re trapped.

Tips for coexisting with raccoons:


  • Eliminate any food sources in your yard. This includes pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills and koi ponds.
  • Raccoons love any bushes or trees that bear fruit. Eliminate any access that they may have to such vegetation.
  • Store garbage or other potential food sources in sheds, garages or other enclosures and use air-tight containers.
  • Make sure garbage and trash containers have tight-fitting lids and are tied down to keep raccoons from tipping them over.
  • Lock any dog and cat doors at night to prevent raccoons from gaining entry to your house.
  • Raccoons will nest in chimneys. They will leave on their own eventually, but to encourage them to leave, put a radio on a loud talk or rock station at the base of the chimney during the day to disturb their sleep. This will also work if they are in an attic or under a deck or porch.
  • Cap chimneys and repair attic holes to prevent entry.