Longevity of Artificial Den Structures for Raccoons in Kentucky

Thirty-nine artificial den structures for raccoons (Procyon Lotor) were examined to determine structure condition and occupancy on 3 areas in central Kentucky. Thirty-four of the structures were 6 years old and 11 (32%) of these were considered habitable for raccoons. Five of the structures were 3 years old and all were considered habitable by raccoons. All 16 of the habitable structures exhibited some type of animal activity. Data suggest that weathered artificial den structures are used extensively by a variety of wildlife. Methods of increasing den structure longevity are discussed

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