With its bandit mask, tiny hands and striped tail, the raccoon is one of Georgia’s most recognizable animals. It’s also one of the most adaptable, found in rural habitats from coastal salt marshes to upland forests, and in city and suburban neighborhoods as well.
Its presence in urban areas sometimes makes it a nuisance. To help prevent that, don’t feed raccoons, either on purpose or accidentally. Secure trash can lids. Don‘t leave pet food or treats outside.
A healthy raccoon is mostly nocturnal, foraging during the night and returning to its den before sunrise — although raccoons in Georgia sometimes forage during the day. Georgia wildlife officials caution, however, that a raccoon that appears during daylight hours should be avoided.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be last-quarter on Tuesday. Venus rises in the east a few hours before dawn. Mars is low in the southwest at dusk. Jupiter and Saturn are low in the east just before sunrise. Jupiter will appear near the moon on Thursday.