Raccoons: Masters of Adaptation

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Raccoons are one of most recognizable and perhaps the most adaptable tree-climbing species of wildlife found in Oakland County. These, mostly nocturnal, creatures are masters of urban survival. Theyโ€™re equally successful near busy streets and in the attics of homes, as they are in the marshy wildlands and woodlands of parks. Their denning sites can be found in garages, sheds, residential chimneys, attics, vacant groundhog burrows, under patio decks, inside dry culverts and of course, within hollow trees, as nature intended. When a raccoon does find that perfect lofty oak, with a cavity for a shelter and large limbs for sunning, it is five-star living for Procyon lotor, the common raccoon. Continue reading