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Life On Distant Hill Blog ... Raccoon

Rocky Raccoon ... An Early Riser

A Raccoon emerging from its burrow, photographed with a motion sensing infrared trail camera.
A Raccoon emerging from its burrow, photographed with a motion sensing infrared trail camera.

 

Last week, on my daily walk in the woods at Distant Hill Gardens, I came across an eight-inch hole in the ground. I thought it might be the den for a small animal, so I set up my motion sensing infrared trail camera. Sure enough, a few days later, I got a photo of a Raccoon sticking its head out of the burrow at 4:25 AM.

 

As stated in the Northern Virginia Ecology website, "Raccoons are omnivorous and eat almost anything, including: nuts, berries, acorns, leaves, grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, worms, dragonfly larvae, clams, wasps, salamanders, frogs, crayfish, snakes, turtles and their eggs, bird eggs and nestlings, fish, voles, and squirrels. They often eat garbage scraps and at times have been seen eating dead animals on the sides of roads."

 

And, from personal experience, I know they eat CORN. I wonder if this is the same Raccoon that raids our sweet corn every year?