Did you know? Raccoon mating season has begun. Homeowners in areas populated by these masked bandits may want to give their properties the...

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Raccoon mating season has begun. Homeowners in areas populated by these masked bandits may want to give their properties the once-over to make sure there aren’t any holes or entrances into attics or crawl spaces that might appeal to female raccoons seeking dens. Unless, of course, playing host to a mother and as many as seven kits this spring is appealing.

Male raccoons are particularly territorial during the two-to-three-month mating season, and females often turn suddenly vicious just after their cycle ends, making both more prone to biting. Raccoons are wild animals, and contact should be avoided.

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And those strange sounds you hear in the darkness of your back yard? Screams, mews, growls and whistles are natural during raccoon mating.


By the numbers


Renton has its own city library system separate from the King County library system. Renton’s libraries contain approximately 171,000 books, 10,000 videos, 5,000 books on tape, 550 DVDs and 450 magazine subscriptions.

The more things change


A guest speaker invited to speak to the Bellevue PTA complained that “much school time is wasted in activities outside the original three R’s, and the present apparent aim of many students is to get credits regardless of knowledge.”

When was this charge leveled? At a meeting in 1928.

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or east@seattletimes.com.

Eastside Almanac appears on Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include: www.mnsi.net/~remocoon, href=”http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/critters/raccoon.html”>www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/critters/raccoon.html and the 2005 Renton Community Calendar