There is something about the mid-winter moon, just past full and riding very high in a crystal clear sky. No raccoons are expected on such a cold night. Though they don't hibernate, they do sleep the sub-zero weather away. They store up fat during the summer and fall to tide them through the winter. As the temperature starts to rise in March the raccoon will begin to roam again.
I can reasonably predict I will NOT see my shy, but friendly groundhog tomorrow. It's just too doggone cold. (Scroll down a bit to see his portrait). He will no doubt be sleeping the rest of this cold weather away for however log it takes. Sometimes I wish I could do the same. (Smile).