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How to identify raccoon tracks

There are many of us who would love to have lived in the Old West. Living out on the range, cooking and eating what you capture, and finding ways to survive in one of the most treacherous environments ever, is a great and fun dream of so many people.

Literally, millions of little kids play games envisioning that this would’ve been them. They would’ve been the ones who would’ve been tracking the desperado through the barren hills and treacherous desert regions, attempting to bring the desperado to justice. It sure is a fun thing to think about.

While this dream will just remain so, the fact of the matter is that you may be in a circumstance where you were required to track some kind of animal. Maybe it is causing trouble on your property and you are looking to find where it is gone to so that you are able to permanently resolve the situation. Maybe an animal like a raccoon has been your pet and you want to make sure that it has not passed on the rabies virus to your dog or cat. It is imperative that you find an animal like this as quickly as possible so that your animal does not have to endure the painful shots if they are not necessary, so tracking down the raccoon could really save you and your pet a lot of suffering.

The problem is that you may have no idea of what to look for in terms of how to identify raccoon tracks. Maybe it never really thought that you would be out searching for one of these little critters, but now you find yourself in need of discovering them. If raccoon tracks what you’re looking for, then here are some signs that will help you to identify them.

First, it is important to understand that a raccoon’s paws are very similar to that of a human being. They actually contain four fingers with a thumb, where the thumb is toward the interior of the front and back paws. This shape in their paws actually gives them the ability to grasp and hold things much like a human being would.

The size of the track is slightly larger than a quarter. What you should be aware of is that if you see one track then you should see several of them. A raccoon is not hopping on one leg or bounding in large gallops. They scurry along the ground with very small, concise steps, where you should see several dozen of them heading away from your property. If there is any kind of loose sod then it should be easy to follow the path of that raccoon away from your property.

Once you start following these tracks, make sure that you stay vigilant. If this animal has bitten your dog or cat, there is nothing to deter it from biting you. The last thing you want is to find yourself needing shots for rabies, so be careful and protect yourself. Read more: Raccoon Control, how to get rid of raccoons, Raccoon Feces, How to get raccoons out of the ceiling.

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