Friday, March 13. 2020
During the past few weeks we have been receiving calls from a few worried residents that have seen raccoons out during the day. Most people believe that the raccoon must be sick or injured to be seen during daylight hours but that is not always the case.
This raccoon had been hanging around this townhouse complex for a few days, finding different locations to sleep each day. Upon approaching the raccoon, he started climbing up the pole to the roof top, indicating that he was completely healthy and not injured in any way. We proceeded back down our ladder and let him be.
It is non entirely uncommon for raccoons to be out during the day if their night time foraging takes them far away from their den. Mother raccoons will also leave the den during the day on occasion to get away from their babies for some much needed sleep.
Our recommendation is to keep an eye on the raccoon if it is on your property such as on your deck or in your backyard. It is more than likely that they will move on at night fall.
Photo taken by Gates Wildlife Technician Cassandra.