You’re probably well aware that the official state wild animal of Tennessee is the raccoon, but you may not be aware that the peak of raccoon breeding season typically lasts from February to roughly March or April. You will probably see and hear a lot more raccoon activity in the next few weeks, so here are some things you should know about raccoon breeding season. Have raccoons taken over your property or moved into your home? Call the wildlife removal experts at Critter Wranglers, where your comfort and well-being are our highest priorities. We offer raccoon removal services in Powell, Knoxville, Louisville, Maryville, Alcoa, Friendsville, Louisville, Rockford, Seymour, and more! Contact us today and take back your home from these critters.

5 Facts About Raccoon Mating Season In Tennessee

Raccoon Habitats

Raccoons are found all throughout Tennessee in both rural and urban landscapes. Generally, raccoons prefer wooded areas, hollow trees, hardwood swamps, old abandoned buildings, and wooded streambeds. But as humans and wildlife move closer and closer together, raccoons are one of the most common urban dwellers in Powell and beyond. These critters are smart and will always follow their noses to an accessible food source, which often become your trash cans, pet food left outdoors, and gardens.

Raccoon Dens

In our recent blog post, 5 Facts About Skunk Mating Season In Tennessee, we explained that skunks will set up nests under porches. Raccoons will also use these places to mate and create their nest. Additionally, raccoons are a bit more mischievous. This characteristic, combined with the fact that they’re excellent climbers, means raccoons are more prone to invading attics, basements, crawlspaces, sheds, and garages to set up their nest. They also have super sharp claws that allow them to easily pry open damaged areas on a house, garage, or shed so they can get in and set up a warm, cozy den to mate and have their litter.

Raccoon Breeding Habits

Raccoons pair up during breeding season and then the female will find an ideal spot for nesting and raising her young. Male raccoons may become more aggressive during this time, so it’s best to always keep your distance from raccoons.

Raccoon Litters

Once a female raccoon is pregnant, a single litter may produce anywhere between one and seven young, or kits. The gestation period is 63 days. Once the kits are born, they will rely completely on their mother for food, water, and protection, until they begin eating solid foods and foraging outside of the den with their mother at around eight to ten weeks of age.

Call Us for a Raccoon Removal

If raccoons have taken over your property or home, it is in your best interest to address the situation right away to protect your health, safety, and well-being. Here at Critter Wranglers, we want to help you live comfortably again, which is why we’re proud to offer our wildlife removal services in Powell and beyond. If you would like to schedule an inspection, a raccoon removal, animal proofing, or you need attic restoration, please contact your Top Rated Local® wildlife removal team today!