Do raccoons come out in the rain?

Researchers have shown that weather conditions may affect the movement of Austin raccoons, and they enjoy coming out immediately after the rain has stopped. Similarly, the movements of Texas raccoons are not hindered when it drizzles slightly, however, they can be shut inside their dens when the rainfall is very heavy. During the breeding and gestation period of raccoons, their movements are influenced by temperatures, their movements increases with the decrease in pressure, and humidity and increase in temperature. During child rearing stages, movement of raccoons was also related to increase and decrease in pressure.

Activity will normally decrease with temperature, and since rainfall brings a decrease in temperature, it is expected that raccoons movements will decrease steadily. During the fall and winter periods, raccoon activities decrease, and this decrease gets even lower when there is rainfall during such seasons. Rainfall brings an increase in humidity, a condition that can reduce the movement of raccoons especially in high humidity regions. According to recent researches conducted on Raccoon populations, especially in the Northern American countries, it is believed that low to moderate rainfall may have little or no impact on the movement of the animals, however, heavy rainfalls have been found to shut down the activities of the animals steadily.

Heavy snows will automatically shut down the movements of raccoons, however cold temperatures will not shut down the movement of raccoons. Generally, most raccoons eat more than enough food during the summer and spring seasons, then they store enough to provide insulation for their bodies during the winter season, and this is why their movements are usually restricted during the cold winter periods. Raccoons may temporarily hunt for foods such as frogs, fishes and other sea animals especially after rainfall, and they normally return to their den within a short period of time, if the rain does not subside.

There is no doubt about the fact that rainfall has a huge impact on the movement of Texas raccoons, but they rely on heavy flooding caused by rain to hunt for animals in the water. Generally raccoons love temperatures higher than 25 degree Celsius for movements, and the fact that light rains don’t reduce temperatures too much gives them some courage to move around. Raccoons are resilient in nature, they may endure continuous rains for days but will eventually move out on getting the slightest chance. Raccoons may hibernate under temporary shelters or dens and move out when rain subsides.