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Raccoon (Proccyon lotor)

Average Size - 12 to 36 pounds. Body is 26-38 inches long, including 10-inch tail.

Signs of Their Presence-

Visual sightings of the animal.

Sounds : Cries include a whistle-like tremolo, hissies, soft grunts, barks, growls, and "churr-churr" noise while feeding. Cry when attacked is a piercing cascade of snarling screams. The young are quite noisy, their chatters are easily heard in Mid- South homes, and are often mistaken for birds.Raccoons can make a lot of noise when they lumber around in your attic.

Tracks : Flatfooted, like people, so track is big for the animal's size. The length and width of the front paw os about equal, about 2 inches long. The hind paw is much longer than it is wide, about 3 1/4 - 4 1/4 inches long; described as "a minia-turehuman footprint with abnormally long toes"

Scat :  Likely found at the base of trees,on logs, big rocks, woodpiles or other prominences ( such as roof ). The scat often shows what they've been eating and can give clues about what is attracting the raccoons to the home.

Building Damage : Black smudges on the walls or downspouts; bent gutters; holes in the siding or boards torn off; damaged soffits or louvers; damaged insulation; odors.