Raccoons are found throughout the western hemisphere from Canada to Argentina. They have also been introduced to Europe and Asia.
Raccoons live in woodlands near water in the wild, but have become at home in farmlands, neighborhoods and cities. They den in trees and sometimes in abandoned burrows or caves. They will also den in attics, barns, and garages.
Raccoons are 4-feet long including their tails and in the wild weigh from 15-30 pounds. Raccoons in the north tend to weigh more. Urban raccoons feeding on trash can reach 60 pounds! They have a ringed tail and black mask on their face.
Raccoons are active year round at night (nocturnal), but can be seen at dawn or dusk.
Raccoons are omnivores and will eat frogs, crayfish, fish, birds, eggs, fruits, nuts, grains, small mammals and insects.
Predators include mountain lions, bobcats, wolves, red foxes, coyotes, fishers, owls and man.
Females are pregnant for 2 months (gestation) and have 3-7 young in the early spring.
They can live more than 10 years in the wild, though most live just 2-3. They are not threatened.
Species: Procyon lotor
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