In America, it seems that raccoons lend themselves towards being domesticated because I have an article about a Texas veterinarian who declaws quite a few raccoon’s a week! I don’t mind domesticating raccoons but I hate, literally detest, the act of declawing. It should be entirely banned in America. I could go on about it and bore people but for a person to want to domesticate a raccoon and make them part of their family but only on condition that they declaw the animal is highly immoral. I’m not suggesting that this video was made in America. I don’t know where it was made to be honest.
Do raccoons kill outside, stray and feral cats, sometimes? Yes, they do. It depends upon the circumstances such as if a mother is protecting her young. Although there was a story on the Internet some years ago about a gang of raccoons marauding around suburbia killing cats. Ten cats lost their lives. Clearly, they can be pretty aggressive when they have to be or when they want to be. Then again, so can humans! And domestic cats and dogs and any other animal for that matter.
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In the wild, the home range (the area that a raccoon would call their home) will vary depending upon where they are but in North Dakota it would cover 7-50 km² for males and 2-16 km² for females. Like domestic cats they mark territory with urine.
Mothers isolate their kits from other raccoons until they are big enough to defend themselves because males show aggressive behaviour towards unrelated kits.
Related females live in a “fision-fussion” society. They share a common area and sometimes meet for feeding or resting. Unrelated males sometimes form male society groups which helps to maintain their position against foreign males during the mating season and against invaders. Normally the maximum number of individuals is four. This is similar behavior to that of lions ?.
The raccoon is normally nocturnal but sometimes active during the daytime when food resources are available. The diet consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant material and 27% invertebrates. They have been described as the “world’s most omnivorous animal”. In spring and early summer, they will normally eat worms and insects and other animals which are available at that time of year. They prefer nuts and fruits in the late summer and autumn which provide a good calorie source to build up fat for the winter.
Baby raccoons are called kits or cubs and are usually born in the early summer. Females have one to seven offspring after a gestation period of 60 to 73 days.
Below are some pages about badgers. The source for info on this page is (1) me and (2) Wikipedia.