They feed near water (if they can) and rinse their food.
Raccoons will eat just about anything, including bird eggs, rodents, bats and insects.
Raccoons have an average life span of two to three years, but may live more than 10 years.
Per Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, raccoons can be trapped, but must be relocated within two miles of where they’re trapped.
Tips for coexisting with raccoons:
Eliminate any food sources in your yard. This includes pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills and koi ponds.
Raccoons love any bushes or trees that bear fruit. Eliminate any access that they may have to such vegetation.
Store garbage or other potential food sources in sheds, garages or other enclosures and use air-tight containers.
Make sure garbage and trash containers have tight-fitting lids and are tied down to keep raccoons from tipping them over.
Lock any dog and cat doors at night to prevent raccoons from gaining entry to your house.
Raccoons will nest in chimneys. They will leave on their own eventually, but to encourage them to leave, put a radio on a loud talk or rock station at the base of the chimney during the day to disturb their sleep. This will also work if they are in an attic or under a deck or porch.
Cap chimneys and repair attic holes to prevent entry.