Scientific Name: Procyon lotor
Classification: Game Species and Furbearer
Abundance: Common throughout state
Species Profile (PDF)
Coexisting with Raccoons (PDF)
Raccoon (Photo by Ken Taylor)
These charismatic mammals are highly intelligent and resourceful. In folk stories, raccoons often outwit humans or other animals. Their great adaptability has allowed them to flourish throughout history and in almost all environments. They are common in cities and other urban areas, and many people have surprised a raccoon on a nocturnal raid of their garbage cans.
Three raccoon species are found in North, Central and South America. Our raccoon (Procyon lotor) is the only one found in North America, but it is also native to Central America and has been introduced in parts of Europe and Asia.
The raccoon is easily recognized by its grayish brown fur coat, its distinctive black-ringed tail, and black “mask” around its eyes. Unlike many other animals with thick padded or hooved feet, raccoons have a well-developed sense of touch that they use during feeding.
Learn more by reading the Raccoon species profile.
The raccoon is a game species furbearer with seasons and limits.
Raccoons can be pesky, tenacious critters, and people dealing with one are often desperate for a solution. Sometimes, the answer is as simple as clearing the area of any possible food sources. Other times, the answer may be more complex. Read our Coexisting with Raccoons document (PDF) for more information.
Best Management Practices for Trapping (PDF)
Coexisting with Raccoons
Range Map (PDF)
Best Management Practices (PDF)
Raccoon Field Trial Annual Report 1987-2019 (PDF)
Deer Hunter Observation Survey Results, 2014-2022 (PDF)
2017-2021 Raccoon Hunting and Harvest Estimate Maps (PDF)
1949-2021 Raccoon Hunting Harvest and Hunter Trends (PDF)
Raccoon species profile (PDF)