Raccoon Removal from a pumpkin patch in New Canaan, CT. These 2 hungry raccoons were causing havoc at a pumpkin patch in New Canaan, CT eating and destroying dozens of pumpkins.
Raccoons are extremely common in Connecticut and are gray-brown or silvery, grizzled gray. Their most distinguishing features are the black mask of fur across their eyes that is edged with white and their bushy, 7 1/2 to 16 inch, black-ringed tail. Their faces have pointed snouts and their dextrous, long-fingered paws look like tiny hands.
Raccoons range through nearly the entire continental US, except for some sections of the Rocky Mountains. They prefer forest habitat and like to live near water. However, they are very adaptable and will also live in farmland, residential areas and cities. Raccoons are nocturnal, but healthy raccoons may be seen out in the daytime. They are not active during the winter; they retire to a den where they spend the cold months in a lethargic sleep. However, on milder days they may come out for awhile.
Raccoons are omnivorous and very opportunistic feeders. They eat nuts, fruit, berries, grubs, insects, voles, mice, eggs, nestlings, fish, crayfish, garden vegetables, crops, birdseed and garbage. In the fall a Raccoon’s appetite increases and it can gain up to 1/3 of its weight in fat for the winter as it does not feed during this period.