Wild Guide: Raccoon

By MDC | August 1, 2022
From Missouri Conservationist: August 2022


Procyon lotor

Raccoons are a familiar species with their ringed tail, prominent black mask over their eyes, and stocky bodies. Raccoons prefer timbered habitat near water but may be found in urban and suburban areas. Most active at night, raccoons are curious, clever, and cunning. Their curious nature and habit of taking refuge in chimneys and attics, as well as their constant search of food, can lead to conflicts with property owners. For information on control measures, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/45J.

Did You Know?

The state’s raccoon population reached a low point in the 1940s due to overharvest for the animal’s pelt, used for coats, collars, muffs, and trim. The population has been rebounding ever since, in part due to regulated hunting and trapping as well as an increase in suitable habitat.


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