RACCOONS IN THE NEWS: The Raccoon as Thermometer


From Jason Mrachina

A couple recently wrote to NewHampshire.com asking about what they thought was peculiar behavior for a raccoon; witnessing one saunter out of its den in early March and then immediately go back in. I think he probably just realized he forgot his wallet. Stacey Cole, in his column Nature Talks, let them know how weird this behavior was: not very. It seems a raccoon’s willingness to venture from its burrow is very dependent on the temperature, with anything below 26° F being too cold for the furry animal to roam about for food.  This is okay, because they make sure to gorge themselves before preparing to sleep a lot during winter (raccoons don’t really hibernate the way bears do; they rouse easily.)

Source: NewHampshire.com



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