Category: Wildlife

Scientific Name: Procyon lotor



Color: “Salt and pepper” gray with black mask over the eyes

Size: 2-3 feet long

Region: Found throughout the United States

Lifespan: 12 years

Important Considerations:

  • Raccoons are nocturnal so they are usually only seen at night. This can pose problems for those seeking to trap or kill them.
  • Many raccoons carry rabies and can transmit the disease to humans.
  • These critters are naturally inquisitive and like to explore everything in their surroundings. This can lead to property damage of chimneys, roof shingles, and garbage cans. They can also kill poultry and birds and damage crops or gardens.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Raccoons prefer living in wooded areas near access to water. They are, however, very adaptable to human presences. They can also make their homes in brush piles, ground burrows, muskrat houses, hollow trees, barns, abandoned buildings, haystacks, or rock crevices.