Raccoons out during the daytime
"Raccoons are nocturnal creatures so they traditionally come out only during the nighttime hours to scrounge for food. It is a common myth that if a raccoon is found out and about during the daytime hours that it most likely has rabies or is very sick."
When will SBARC respond to a raccoon?
The South Bend Animal Resource Center will not remove healthy raccoons from any property. If the raccoon is sick or injured, SBARC will respond during normal business hours.
A sick raccoon will appear disoriented or lethargic. They may walk in circles and stumble when they walk or have paralysis to their hind legs.
Why would a raccoon be outside during the day?
- Raccoons can come out during the daytime hours if they have found a food source available at a particular time.
- They may have been frightened from their den site by a person or dog causing them to relocate themselves to one of their other homes in the area.
- Mother raccoons can have their usual patterns disrupted during the spring and summer birthing season when nursing a litter of babies can force mother raccoons to forage for their own food during daylight hours."