What happens when you feed raccoons?

Asked By: Kurt Trassierra | Last Updated: 13th January, 2020
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Raccoons love dog and cat food, too. If you're feeding a large group of raccoons, place several different plates of food so they don't fight each other over dibs. Raccoons are generally peaceful animals, but they will get vicious if there's a scarcity of food. Don't feed wild raccoons by hand.

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Thereof, is it a bad idea to feed raccoons?

I highly recommend against feeding raccoons, either on purpose, or by accident, such as via pet food or open garbage cans. In some cases of agressive raccoon feeding, I've seen full-on raccoon infestations with dozens of needy animals fighting for scraps.

Secondly, what happens if you quit feeding raccoons? When the raccoons learn that food comes from inside your house and that humans put it out there, they will not stop at doing whatever it takes to get at the food. Your home is literally at risk of being destroyed by them. So for the raccoons' own good, stop feeding them.

Keeping this in consideration, why feeding raccoons is bad?

Don't feed raccoons: This causes them to lose their fear of humans, and also increases their chance of being hit by a car or trapped and killed.

Can you befriend a raccoon?

I really wouldn't. Raccoons are wild animals. Besides, even if it never attacks you, a raccoon that is friendly with one human will often be friendly with others. Other people may interpret their friendliness as aggressiveness, and the wild animal in question could end up being put down.

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