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Although trash is trash for us, it can turn out to be food for some curious and hungry wild animals. Inveterate collectors of various scraps from the trash can, raccoons will not stop at anything until they eat your garbage.
What can you do to scare away these cute but curious creatures from scattering trash all over your yard? Fortunately, there are several solutions. Read on to learn about a number of simple tools that you can use to prevent raccoons from reaching their garbage cans.
Photo story. Raccoons in the trash can
It seems that it was a mother with cubs.
Everyone knows that due to the ever-growing population, man goes deeper into the habitat of animals. And the poor have to look for food in such trash.
Raccoons are lucky that the man turned out to be kind and understanding. He immediately realized that he couldn’t leave these poor fellows in trouble like this.
So he took a chainsaw and cut a branch from a tree growing nearby.
Very carefully, he lowered the branch into the trash can, hoping that cunning animals would guess to climb out of it.
And they guessed. One by one, the raccoons got free.
Looking at how the cubs are trying to overcome this obstacle, one cannot help but smile.
Soon the whole family escaped to freedom and rushed to their native home - the nearby forest.
True, no one left until everyone got out of the tank. Wonderful raccoon family! And thanks to their savior!
How to detect raccoons
Raccoons are small mammals reaching a length of 60-80 cm with a weight of 5-10 kg. Black masks on their faces rightly indicate their gangster nature. The tails are fluffy with rings, and the bodies are mainly gray with various shades. The front legs of raccoons resemble human hands with 5 fingers, which makes these animals incredibly dexterous.
Raccoons are night creatures, respectively, they go hunting in the dark. This can make it difficult to identify them, because you only find the harm done by them, but not the perpetrators themselves. Searching for traces around this place will allow you to understand exactly who visited your garden.
What do raccoons eat? These omnivorous hunters are happy to eat sweet corn, fruit trees, peas, potatoes and caterpillars.
After a rainy night, you can easily spot five-fingered marks in the mud around your site. These are raccoon paw prints that are easy to distinguish from most traces of four-fingered extremities of other mammals.
If you find a lot of pits on your lawn, or the mulch cover is unearthed, you may have a night visitor. Raccoons tear the ground and a layer of mulch in search of insects and worms, which they feed on. They also empty bird feeders, so keep an eye out for any sudden loss of feed.
Of course, if you grow corn, there is nothing more unpleasant than finding broken stems with torn ears and half-eaten ears. Even more annoying is the fact that raccoons, in fact, do not really like corn and often spoil it for nothing, they prefer sunflower seeds, dog food and sardines.