In the outdoors, raccoons are typically found living in the cavities of trees, in the crevices of rocks, and in the abandoned burrows of other animals. Raccoons are omnivores and feed on a wide variety of items including: fruits, berries, corn, pet food, insects, crayfish, eggs, and small animals (rodents, lizards, etc.). They are generally found in wooded areas along riverbanks. However, as people have expanded their territories, the raccoon’s territory has become smaller, and they are now commonly found living in both suburban and rural areas.
Raccoons can become quite problematic for property owners; they dig through trash and enter homes, garages, sheds, and other buildings to live and nest. They will feed from and damage garden and compost areas. Raccoons are considered to be a dangerous pest because they can introduce dangerous diseases including rabies to you, your pets, and your family.