Raccoons (Scientific name: Procyon lotor) are nocturnal and are rarely seen in the daylight hours. They are solitary animals that only come together for breeding and while a mother is raising her young. Raccoons are highly adaptable and can be found in the wild as well as suburban and urban areas. They have a highly developed sense of touch and a keen sense of hearing.
- Grayish Brown coat color
- Long tail with 5-7 complete dark rings and a dark tip
- Has a mask of black fur that covers their eyes
Raccoons are native to North America and can be found in many parts of the United States. They are not found in parts of the Rocky Mountains, and southwestern states like Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Raccoons can also be found in parts of Canada, Mexico and the northern most regions of South America.
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- Seeds and Nuts
- Bird Eggs
In cities, raccoons scavenge around garbage bins looking for tasty leftovers to eat
- Habitat Loss
Raccoons are losing a lot of their habitat to roads and railroads.
- Hunting and Trapping
Raccoons are often considered pests and many people will hunt and trap them
- Considered: Least Concern