The raccoon is easily recognized by its ringed tail and black mask across its face. Although its habitat ranges throughout all of North America, but for tundra and desert regions, it is most easily found by the nearest garbage can at night.
Its fur is long, varying from silver and iron gray to blackish brown tones with a dark stripe. It is hardwearing and was very popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s with a further vogue in the 1970’s.
The common Raccoon has a secure conservation status. They are extremely common although many of them become victim to death from fast moving vehicles on the highway. The raccoon treats the oncoming car as they would a predator-they freeze. In some areas, hunting raccoon is common, but regardless of this their population is stable
Written by Pauline Cameron & Katie Kemsley