Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Description: Dark fur with lots of white mixed in. Bushy tail banded with white. Face has a dark mask over the eyes, surrounded by white and with white-tipped ears. The forefeet have five long fingers which are very dexterous and almost human-like.

Habitat: Natural habitat is wetlands and forest, but are now also found throughout coastal cities.

Feeding: Omnivorous opportunists, feeding on various plant and animal species including corn, fruits, nuts, crayfish, small birds, eggs, fish, and garbage.

General: Can reach high densities in both wetlands and cities.

References: Rezendes, Paul. 1992. Tracking & the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks & Sign. Camden House Publishing Inc. Charlotte, Vermont.

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