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The Villages Florida Raccoon Control Situation: Hi - we have noticed a raccoon eating from a bird feeder outside of the fenced yard. The raccoon has also been coming inside the yard and eating seed on the ground from another feeder. What's curious to us is that it always walks and despite a barking dog from inside the house, or when the raccoon is beyond the fence and the dog is outside, the raccoon could care less. Also, it walks along the foundation of the house and on the brick ledge where siding and brick meet. It peered into the window; the dog barked, we tapped on the window, and still no reaction. It seems to have no regard for us or the dog. I was also able to walk close to it, about 10-15' distance before it walked to the other side of a tree (it never climbed the tree, just hid). What's going on here? We are in The Villages and just now the weather is warmer (40's)? It is slow from a long winter? A mom looking for food? Or is this animal sick? I should add we live in a rural area and the raccoon hasn't likely had interaction with people. No signs of walking erratic (though it struggles in the snow a bit and the footprints from us and the dog) or foaming at the mouth.
My response: This is very normal behavior. The animal is looking for food.
Hi David, First let me say how helpful your website is. Thank you! It's obvious you know what you're doing and your compassion for wildlife is commendable. Our story began 2 months ago when we noticed a raccoon venturing out (from where we didn't know then) in the evenings from in between ours and the neighbors house. Both of our homes up on piers had insulation on the ground from where the raccoon was entering. So two months later our neighbor caught momma raccoon in a Havahart trap and cut through flooring to get 5 babies that were living in between their floors! All were successfully relocated. I guess she chose their home to finally set up camp. Now we have noticed another very large raccoon. It eats from both ours and the neighbor's traps, but has managed not to set off the traps. How it's doing this I have no idea. The trap is backed up against a beam of our house so it has to go in to get the food. It really likes the marshmallows and cat food we put in and we have wired the cat food can to the cage so it has to go all the way in to eat. This is one crafty raccoon. We've even tried to set up the Go Pro to see how it does this, but haven't been able to get anything on video so far. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! We are not sure if this raccoon is getting in our house, which is why we don't want to board up the place that it could in fear that its had babies in there. Also another neighbor says that she is having raccoons in her attic so she knows for sure. Other than seeing it go in our house how can we tell if it's living there? Our bottom floor is 3 ft off the ground and we are seldom down there to hear it.
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