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Do Raccoons Hibernate During The Winter? | Raccoon Control New Jersey

Filed under: Raccoon Control New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:09 pm February 8, 2017

All mammals are united in their distaste for sleeping in environments that are too warm, and this is due to a layer of fat that serves as insulation from cold temperatures. Humans can understand the “layer of fat”, since we retained that trait, but very few humans can understand how hot it must get when being coated in fur…unless you happen to be an extremely hairy guy, of course. For a raccoon, even temperatures that hover over the freezing point can be warm enough to wake raccoons from their wintertime snooze. Raccoon Control New Jersey

Obviously, since raccoons can become conscious after long bouts of deep sleep and during the middle of the winter, raccoons don’t hibernate in the way that you may think. Raccoons, like black bears and skunks, experience a type of wintertime slumber known as carnivorean lethargy.

Just before autumn, and before raccoons enter a long sleep, raccoons will eat unusually large quantities of food in order to, basically, make themselves fat. These fat deposits are then used as an energy source that sustains the long-sleeping raccoons. However, in more and more cases, and in large part due to rising global temperatures, more raccoons are being disturbed from their annual slumber-fest. Once these raccoons awaken, they go looking for food. However, they can cause damage to property, or just become a public nuisance in general, which is a situation that would never occur if only raccoons could just stay cool…while sleeping during the wintertime.

Have you experienced any raccoon related troubles, such as rummaging through trash that occurred during the winter months?

 

Raccoons Could Become Junk Food Addicts | New Jersey Raccoon Control

Filed under: New Jersey Raccoon Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:55 am January 31, 2017

Raccoons Could Become Junk Food Addicts | New Jersey Raccoon Control

We all know raccoons love to scavenge for tasty snacks. You may have experienced a group of raccoons going through your trash at night only to leave a mess for you to clean up the next morning. However, you probably don’t often consider the possibility of raccoons becoming addicted to the junk food that they find stuffed in garbage cans and dumpsters. It is not at all inconceivable that raccoons could develop an addiction to the foods that they crave so much, and there are indeed cases of animal control units stumbling upon raccoon shacks full of morbidly obese raccoons that, presumably, had given up on life.

According to an animal control supervisor, Jena Troxler, raccoons will devour anything that is even faintly sweet tasting. Apparently raccoons have a particular taste for marshmallows, cereals, donuts and cookies.

According to many experts, feeding raccoons could lead to dangerous situations. For example, people who continuously leave food out for wild animals, such as raccoons, could be conditioning them to approach all humans with the hopes that they might offer food. For this reason wild animals are better left finding their own sources of sustenance, which would hopefully cause the diabetes level for raccoons to decrease.

Have you ever stumbled upon a raccoon that you thought looked fatter than normal?