Classification: Non-game Wildlife Species
Other Names: Ringtail, coon.
Status: Moderate value as a fur animal. Abundant. Many people enjoy viewing them. Nongame animal.
Identifying Characteristics: Black mask over the eyes and alternating rings of yellowish-white and black on the tail. Flat-footed and body weight variable.
Total length: 26 to 40 inches. Weight: 12 to 35 pounds.
Habitat: Inhabits stream and lake borders near wooded areas or rocky cliffs. Most abundant in riparian and wetland habitats.
Food Habits: Omnivorous, will eat whatever is available. Feeds on carrion, mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians, grains, nuts, and fruits. Also readily consumes food prepared for animal or human consumption.
Life History: Mostly nocturnal and very intelligent. May use front paws to find food. Does not hibernate. Uses hollow logs, trees, and rock crevices as den sites. Breeds during February and March; 63 day gestation; young born during April or May; litter size is usually 2 to 4.
The Raccoon is one of the easily recognizable furbearers with a ringed tail and patches of dark fur over the eye areas resembling a mask. Known to many simply as a "coon", the raccoon is managed by some states both as a game animal and as a furbearer. This important and well distributed species is adaptable to a variety of habitat types and the species thrive in both wilderness and urban areas.