Raccoon mating season generally runs from January to March, although later mating is possible. Cubs are born in April or May and weaned approximately 70 days later; they are independent from their mother after 20 weeks. At 9-10 months cubs leave their family groups to build their own. Raccoons are mostly crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and nocturnal (active at night), however it is common for them to be active during the day if food is readily available. A raccoon out during the day is not a solid indicator the animal is sick. Raccoons are opportunistic feeders; they will eat plant materials, crayfish, crabs, freshwater turtles and their eggs, muskrat kits, injured birds, young birds, and sometimes bird eggs. They will raid garbage cans, chicken coops, and any other source of food which they can open.