Having raccoons can get really irksome especially to people who consider them as more of pests than pets. Well, these people can?t be blamed though. Being mischievous little animals, raccoons can be quite a pain when they find themselves in neighborhoods and other urban areas. They are known to easily adapt to their surroundings and would go to different extents to obtain food. Raccoons are known to enter homes and properties where livestock are housed among many others ? all for their quest of filling in their tummies. Hence, it is no wonder how they are considered as a nuisance by many people. To get rid of these mischievous little creatures, a lot of individuals choose to trap them so that they won?t be bothered by their tricks. In trapping raccoons, effectively identifying their tracks would be a great help. Raccoon tracks can help you spot the whereabouts of these animals which can help you devise a better way of catching them. How do their tracks look like? For you to know this, you should be able to know a few things about their anatomy, specifically how their footprints look like.

Source: Purdue Agriculture
Source: Purdue Agriculture

A raccoon?s tracks are similar to that of an opossum?s, another fur-bearing animal. They both have five fingers/toes and due to such similarities, a lot of people might confuse the tracks of one to be that of the other?s. Hence, for you to identify the tracks of a raccoon from an opossum, it is important that you can easily distinguish their respective characteristics. When compared to opossum tracks, raccoon tracks resemble a human hand. On the other hand, the tracks of an opossum have fingers which are widely spread. Looking at each animal?s hind track will also help you identify their differences. An opossum?s hind track will resemble the hand print of a baby. Their hind track also has a big toe which looks like a thumb. Now that you know some of the distinct characteristics of an opossum?s tracks, it will be easier for you to distinguish it from a raccoon?s tracks.

If you find raccoons to be quite pestering animals, then identifying their tracks will help you in relieving yourself from the nuisance that these creatures are known for. You can set-up better traps and be successful of getting rid of them through your ability of identifying these animal?s tracks. Being able to identify their tracks correctly can also help you verify whether or not a raccoon is the culprit behind your animal pestering problem.