DNR Question of the Week: Why are there so many raccoon tracks?I'm seeing raccoon tracks everywhere. Is this normal?
The following is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's "Question of the Week."
Q: I'm seeing raccoon tracks everywhere. Is this normal?
A: Raccoons do not truly hibernate, but they do "hole up" in dens and become inactive during severe winter weather. In the southern United States they may be inactive for only a day or two at a time, whereas in the north this period of inactivity may extend for weeks or months. In northern areas, raccoons may lose up to half their fall body weight during winter as they utilize stored body fat. They come out when the weather is milder in search of food, and for mates.
--Bryan Lueth, DNR area wildlife supervisor