Do raccoons attack people?

Raccoons are known for their opportunistic hunting behaviors with a notorious tendency to forage close to human dwellings. In this, they will tip over bins and ran sack pet food stores, don’t be surprises if they come up your kitchen and steal away the food in unsecured safes. Raccoons were initially meant for the wooden forests and mixed rainforests, but as man has continuously encroached on their living lands, they have progressively adapted to the modern lifestyle, where they almost share the same space with humans. For that, it is not uncommon to most raccoons living right on your property, and some of them now live in urban and suburban spaces, even in cities where they are occasionally knocked over by cars.

When it comes to encounters between humans and raccoons, the results are almost halfway mixed between aggressive and non-aggressive, but a large percent of the incidences indicate that healthy, unprovoked raccoons are calm and will mind their business most of the times. Raccoons are curious intelligent animals, and although they were originally meant for the wild, encounters with humans have made some of them almost near-domesticated where they visit homes more frequently, primarily for food.

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Although raccoons may at times gain the courage to come close to humans, that is purely when they are curious of what one could be carrying – and that is in most cases an indication of hunger and they are in extreme scavenging. However, female raccoons will stand their ground to protect their young ones, and will become aggressive if they find you advancing threateningly on their young ones, so you would rather back off in good time. However, it is quite rare for these same females to chase at a person when they consider them threatening, but will most likely assume a defensive posture to wade off the danger.

While raccoons are largely nocturnal, seeing them during day time may raise a red flag, but it is also norm when food is scarce or for females that have to work harder to keep their young ones full and comfortable. However, noticing a raccoon walking during the day but with signs of illnesses, such as discharge from the mouth or eyes, difficulty in walking or making unusual sounds may indicate that the animal is rabid. These ones are more dangerous are more likely to attack even without provocation, and as such you need to inform the wildlife service.

Further, it is important to minimize the danger of possible attacks by ensuring that you do not attack these creatures, because when cornered in a tight spot without an escape route they will have to fight back for their life, the results are likely to be devastating. Do not tempt them with food or feed them, whether directly or indirectly, because this invites them, together with their relatives, some of which may be hostile, to your home. Visit the Raccoons in the Attic home page to learn more about whether raccoons attack people.