Don’t Get Fooled by a Raccoon’s Cute Appearance

For people who don’t see a lot of wildlife where they live, every encounter is special. That’s why you let a raccoon drag a huge bag of pet food underneath your porch, just so that you can film everything and observe the animal. Many of us find raccoons cute due to their fluffy appearance, wobbly walk and inquisitive behavior. Believe it or not, pet racoons are a thing in some states. (But be aware that pet raccoons in Maryland are illegal.) Raccoons even have their own Instagram accounts these days—and close to 20K followers prove that people really do take interest in these troublemakers.

How can you say “No” to this face?

Here is an interesting fact. There is a popular children’s book called Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era. It was written by an American author Sterling North about the adventures he had with his pet raccoon named Rascal. The book was popular in the U.S. and Disney even made a movie based on it. But when the adventures of North and Rascal made it to Japan, the book’s popularity exploded. Every child was reading it and watching the animated series that followed. And every Japanese kid wanted a pet raccoon…. This book established a demand for pet raccoons in Japan, and soon hundreds of animals were imported from other countries (raccoons are not indigenous to Japan). But raccoons don’t make very good pets. For starters, they are nocturnal, which is problematic since a child’s and raccoon’s schedules are literally polar opposites. For this and other reasons, many pet raccoons were released into the wild by their owners, where they’ve adapted to survive and flourish. To this day, raccoons in Japan are a huge nuisance, as they damage crops, rummage through trash and even disturb ancient temples.

Why Raccoons Are Dangerous

Raccoons in Maryland have been troubling residents much longer than their Japanese counterparts. If you have dealt with pest raccoons in the past, you know what they are capable of. Here are a few reasons why you should always be alert when you see a raccoon, no matter how cute and harmless it appears.

Damage to Your Home

A raccoon can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, landscaping or crops. Thanks to their strong front paws, inherent curiosity and opportunistic behavior, racoons can get into most man-made structures. Some of the damage they cause is from how they gain entry, and the rest is from what they do once inside—mainly rip up anything they can find to build a nest, as well as defecate all over the place. Call your Maryland raccoon removal specialists as soon as you start suspecting that a raccoon is living in your attic, shed or under your porch.

Raccoon Roundworm

Raccoon roundworm is a parasite found in raccoon feces. Relatively harmless to the raccoon itself, this roundworm can wreak havoc in a human body, in severe cases leading to permanent blindness and developmental delays in children. As long as there is a raccoon living and defecating in close proximity to your home, you may be at risk. Dogs may bring the roundworm eggs into your home, exposing your family to this parasite.


Rabies is not uncommon in raccoons. And since an encounter with a raccoon is highly probable in Maryland, it’s possible for humans (and our pets) to contract rabies from a diseased raccoon. It’s important to be able to identify a rabid raccoon to take appropriate measures fast. Such a raccoon may appear lethargic, disoriented or quite the opposite—aggressive and agile. Do not approach a rabid raccoon and don’t tend to an animal who appears to be hurt by a rabid raccoon. Contact a Maryland wildlife removal company right away to professionally handle the issue. Having trouble with raccoons in your home, yard or commercial property? Give us a call or contact online for a fast, humane and effective solution.