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Incredibly adaptable, raccoons
raise young just as readily under
roof rafters as in large tree
cavities. A variety of cover, and
food thrown away as garbage,
have helped this resourceful
furbearer push farther than ever
into suburban and urban areas,
where more people discover the
wonder raccoons possess, as well
as the problems they might cause.

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accounted for about half of Pennsylvania's 300 to 400 annual rabies cases,
and the counties surrounding Philadelphia have the highest reporting rates.
It's also where trapping is limited at
best, where garbage is produced by
the ton daily and litter is prevalent,
and where highway mortalities are a
raccoon's chief limiting factor.
The raccoon rabies situation is no
different than the ongoing coronavirus
pandemic. Wherever populations are
dense, diseases and viruses tend to
spread more easily. The counties that
make up Philly's suburbs have more
raccoons - and people - than ever. And
because raccoons are relatively gregarious, particularly at garbage dumpsters
and along littered roads, their daily
activities tend to accommodate communal sicknesses.
So, over the past several decades,
the raccoon's lifestyle has changed in
many places.
That isn't to say they no longer hunt
for aquatic prey along and in creeks, or
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roam ridges and farm field edges for
prey, fruits and other plunder, just that
this resourceful furbearer has pushed
farther into suburban - even urban -
areas than it ever has before.
Given a continuing dearth of big
trees with cavities, raccoons have
adapted - when necessary - to den
and raise their young under the rafters
of garages and businesses, sometimes
even residential homes, in developed
areas. Unoccupied and blighted houses
also fit their needs.
Raccoons are clever enough to move
in and exist without being noticed.
Sometimes they live in crawlspaces
and attics for years without detection.
The gumption it took to make this
transition is admirable, particularly
for an animal as large as a raccoon.
They are, after all, substantially larger
than the squirrels, chipmunks and bats
that have been getting away with it for
centuries.
When raccoons are noticed where
they don't belong, it's almost always a



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