Raccoons are very interesting animals. They are omnivores, meaning that they eat plants and animals. They are curious and smart, and their love of food leads them to garbage cans and dumpsters all around us. Raccoons are generally recognizable because of their black mask on their face and the black rings around their tales. They are about 12” tall, 24-38” tall and weigh between 15-20 lbs. Raccoons have dexterous front paws that act like hands and they use them to access food in gardens, garbage cans in and around our homes. These paws can open doors, lids and even jars, and, when a raccoon finds a food source, it may continue to come back over and over, leaving a big mess behind. Raccoons also transmit disease to humans and pets, so it is important to take care of a raccoon problem quickly, if you have one. Minnesota Wild Animal Management Inc. can help you manage a raccoon problem once and for all.
The vast majority of the snakes in the state of Minnesota are harmless. Only two of the seventeen species of snakes are poisonous – the Timber Rattlesnake and the Eastern Massasauga snake. These two species have only very rare encounters with humans and live almost exclusively in the southeastern part of the state. However, it is very likely that if you find a snake it your home, you may not care whether it is harmless or poisonous – you will simply want it removed from your home immediately.