Raccoons are nocturnal mammals found all across Long Island. They are opportunistic scavengers, this means they will eat almost anything they come across including fruits, plants, and animal matter. They have very nimble paws that they use to manipulate food items, climb trees, and even open objects like trash cans to look for food.
Did You Know?
Raccoons are known for their black mask markings on their face. These dark markings actually help raccoons recognize each other and differentiate between individuals! These black markings also absorb light to reduce glare. Raccoons are nocturnal but if you see one during the day time it doesn't necessarily mean it's sick! Many times raccoons will be seen during the day scavenging for food to feed their babies.
Coexisting with Raccoons
Raccoons are an important part of our ecosystem, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.
Seal up any entrances to basements, attics, or window wells
Keep shed and garage doors shut
Do not leave any human or animal food out overnight
Use animal-proof trash cans like these
Volunteers for WIldlife is not licensed to care for raccoons. You can contact our hospital about a sick or injured raccoon and we will provide you with the appropriate resources.