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Two young raccoon kits peer cautiously from their den in a Canatara Park tree recently.

Raccoons don’t hibernate but normally spend the cold, snowy winter months sleeping for long stretches.

The raccoon population in Southwestern Ontario has been impacted in recent years by distemper, a fatal disease wildlife experts say has become increasingly common because of milder winters.

Ronny D’Haene, Special to The Journal

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