What Do Raccoons Eat in the Wild?

Raccoons thrive in a variety of natural environments due to their diverse diets. In the wild, raccoons eat birds and other mammals, but they prefer to hunt for easier meals if they are available. Some of their favorite foods include nuts, berries, insects, and eggs. They also catch fish, shellfish, reptiles, and amphibians if their denning site is near a body of water. 

Their regular meals depend largely on where they live. For raccoons that live in residential areas, that means foraging for food in trash cans, gardens, and even inside homes and other buildings. The animals are notorious for picking through garbage bins and landfills, making messes and earning their status as pests.



A raccoon in the wild foraging for food and garbage

Raccoon Prevention

To prevent raccoon infestations, be sure to use tight-fitting lids on trash cans. If you have a raccoon problem on your commercial or residential property, contact the professionals at Critter Control to safely remove the animals. 

To learn more about raccoon removal, visit the raccoon removal overview page. 

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