No matter where you live, whether it be in a city, the suburbs or the country, raccoons are everywhere. The scavenging creatures emerge at night from the woods, the sewers or any other cold, dark place they like to stay in. And while they might only poke around in your trash can or try to find any exposed food outdoors, raccoon populations can pose a serious, credible threat to the well-being and safety of pets. Effective raccoon removal is essential for your pets health and safety.
To a human, it might not seem like raccoons are dangerous animals, because they usually run away when frightened by a large human. To a small dog or a small cat in particular, raccoons are a match in a fight. Cats are typically smart enough to avoid a raccoon, but if food options are especially slim, a desperate raccoon may attack rabbits, chickens or small cats.
Most of the issues between raccoons and animals come with dogs, though. Although raccoons typically do not seek out fights, both dogs and raccoons alike are guilty of liking to chase each other and force a fight. Raccoons have a fight or flight nature and will fight back viciously, especially if cornered by a chasing dog.
Because raccoons are very intelligent animals, they do not play nice during a fight, especially if they are protecting their young. When cornered by a dog, they bite, scratch, try to gouge out eyes and will not stop until the threat has been neutralized. In areas with water, raccoons are known for pushing dogs or other animals into the water, leading to many drowning deaths. And even after a pet has been wounded, raccoons may still try to attack them anyway.
There are a few tips pet owners can follow to avoid any raccoon-related issues. The first is simply to feed pets inside so as to not bring any raccoons attracted by the scent of food to your property. Most raccoon attacks occur at night as well, so keeping pets inside when it is dark out is another way to limit the chances of any attack occurring. However, because raccoons are everywhere in nature and even in cities, it can be difficult to deal with nearby raccoons.
This is where Shumaker Animal Control comes in, as we can address your raccoon issues. If you have pets, small children or are simply worried about raccoons you’ve seen near or even in your house, do not hesitate to give us a call at 443-854-8072 and we will address your situation promptly.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal. Once trapped and safely removed from your property, all raccoons are relocated to an approved wildlife management area.
Constant raccoon issues can pose a threat to the safety of your pets, so let the raccoon removal experts at Shumaker Animal Control take care of your problem.