Raccoons like a varied diet. They are more like dogs than cats in that respect. They particularly like a chicken-rice dry dog food, and it's good for them. (It also means there will be a drastic reduction on the raids in the garbage cans). One thing though - NEVER feed a raccoon milk. Not even a baby raccoon. More on this later.
Raccoons don't hibernate, but they do sleep the cold weather away. They store up fat during the late summer and fall. Once the temperature drops below the freezing point the less they will be seen. Torpor sets in until the temperature starts to rise again. They may appear should there be a mid winter thaw. By march the raccoon will feel hungry enough to go looking for food.
A journal about the antics of various creatures that frequent a suburban back yard near Montreal, Canada.
I started taking photographs of the local raccoons so I could eventually distinguish one from another. It's hard to identify an individual by it's physical appearance though each does have a distinctive personality.
Much to my surprise, these particular animals though wild, turned out to be very inquisitive, intelligent, and even sociable.