Do raccoons climb fences?
If you have a
garden that a raccoon has decided would make the
ideal location to stop at each night and steal
your vegetables and fruits, then you probably
have gone out online to try to find different
measures that you can employ that you can use to
stop these creatures. They are pesky to say the
least. They will get into virtually anything
that they can, and will find that the crops that
you have been laboring over all summer long to
produce will make a fantastic meal for them.
This will not do however.
You can look for many options out there but one
of the most common that is described as a means
to stop them from getting into your garden is
the use of offense. You were probably told that
you needed to take the fence at least a foot
below the ground so as to ensure that the animal
could not dig its way under. You were also
instructed that it needed to be at least 3 feet
tall to keep the raccoon from getting in. What
you may have left that article wondering was if
raccoons are able to climb fences?
While rats have very sharp claws on both their
front and hind feet, the fact of the matter is
that their claws were never intended to be used
for climbing. If they are able to reach the top
of the fence with their claws then there is a
possibility, although a very slim one, that they
may be able to pull themselves up by scratching
with their hind paws at the fence to be able to
get up and over. Again, it should be reiterated
that this is a very slim chance.
The truth is that raccoons are not good at
climbing it all. They don’t have the power in
their back legs, or in the front months for that
matter, to be able to pull himself up and over
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At 2 feet, the raccoon may be as tall as the
fence and so it has a better opportunity to try
to get up and over. However, at 3 feet there are
no raccoons that have that kind of height when
standing on their back legs. This denies them
any opportunity to be able to use this as a
means for getting into your garden area.
In fact, if you are looking to keep raccoons out
of your yard in general, offense that is at
least 3 feet tall all the way around your yard
will really do the trick for you. This ensures
that these creatures do not have access to be
able to get into your yard where they can create
a series of health risks to you and your pets,
as well as destroy the beauty of your yard. They
are dirty creatures that really like to make a
mess, and you can limit them from being able to
do so by putting up a sturdy fence that is at
least a foot deep into the ground so that they
cannot get under it.
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