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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

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    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

Raccoon

A raccoon in a tree

Raccoons are excellent climbers.

Ken and Mary Campbell

Raccoon - Procyon lotor

Identification:
Often known as the 'masked bandit,' raccoons have gray fur, with what looks like a black mask around their eyes. Their bushy tails are ringed with black and white stripes. Raccoons are expert climbers and are able to open doors and raid garbage cans if given the opportunity.

Habitat:
Raccoons have a diverse habitat. They can be quite common in and around human communities including cities, towns and campgrounds. In the wilderness, raccoons are often found around lakes, rivers, and streams.

Diet:
Raccoons are omnivores and feed on a diverse diet of berries, acorns, small mammals, bugs, frogs, and fish in the wild. If given the chance, raccoons will eat human food and trash if it is not correctly stored.

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