(Procyon lotor)

The raccoon is a familiar animal to most Oregonians, because they are found throughout the state.

They have stiff, long hair, generally gray with yellow or brown. The distinctive tail is typically 12 inches long and has from 5 to 7 rings. They also have a pointed snout and long, flexible fingers with sharp claws.

Diet and habitat
They will catch and eat fish, insects, lizards and amphibians. They will also eat small mammals, eggs, acorns, fruit and grains. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, taking shelter in dens, trees or logs during the day.

Predators and threats
Raccoons have few natural enemies in Oregon. Bobcats, wolves, coyotes and great horned owls may prey on young raccoons.

Females give birth to a litter of one to seven kits that will live with their mother for up to 130 days, after which they will leave to find their own territory.


9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210        
Portland, OR 97225        
Phone: 971-673-2944        
Fax: 971-673-2946

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