northern raccoon

(Procyon lotor)

Conservation Status
northern raccoon
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total length: 29¾ to 37

Tail: 9 to 12

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous forests, prairies, agricultural areas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

5 to 16 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 15, 24, 29.

 
  9/22/2014      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common except in the northeast counties

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria  
  Order Carnivora (carnivores)  
  Suborder Caniformia (dog-like carnivores)  
 

Family

Procyonidae (raccoon, coati & olingo)  
 

Genus

Microtus (meadow voles)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Alamaba raccoon (Procyon lotor varius)

Baja California raccoon (Procyon lotor grinnelli)

California raccoon (Procyon lotor psora)

Campeche raccoon (Procyon lotor shufeldti)

coastal marsh raccoon (Procyon lotor maritimus)

Costa Rican raccoon (Procyon lotor crassidens)

desert raccoon (Procyon lotor pallidus)

Dickey’s raccoon (Procyon lotor dickeyi)

eastern raccoon (Procyon lotor lotor)

Florida raccoon (Procyon lotor elucus)

Guadeloupe raccoon (Procyon lotor minor)

Hernandez raccoon (Procyon lotor hernandezii)

Hilton Head Island raccoon (Procyon lotor solutus)

Isthmian raccoon (Procyon lotor pumilus)

Key Vaca raccoon (Procyon lotor auspicatus)

Key West raccoon (Procyon lotor incautus)

Matecumbe Key raccoon (Procyon lotor inesperatus)

Mexican raccoon (Procyon lotor mexicana)

Mississippi Delta raccoon (Procyon lotor megalodous)

North Californian raccoon (Procyon lotor simus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor brachyurus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor castaneus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor flavidus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor gularis)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor hudsonicus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor nivea)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor obscurus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor ochraceus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor proteus)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor rufescens)

Pacific raccoon (Procyon lotor pacificus)

Saint Simon Island raccoon (Procyon lotor litoreus)

Snake River Valley raccoon (Procyon lotor excelsus)

southwestern raccoon (Procyon lotor californicus)

Ten Thousand Islands raccoon (Procyon lotor marinus)

Texas raccoon (Procyon lotor fuscipes)

Upper Mississippi Valley raccoon (Procyon lotor hirtus)

Vancouver raccoon (Procyon lotor vancouverensis)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

common raccoon

northern raccoon

raccoon

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Norm & Peg Dibble
       

Last night after getting two inches of rain and a little hail here in Maple Grove, this (possibly young) Raccoon showed up just off the cement patio enjoying some of the peanuts that we always throw out there for birds and squirrels. He’s probably been coming every evening. It’s just so surprising that they show up in broad daylight. This was 7:45pm. I called Norm to bring the camera upstairs to photograph him. He also recorded him. They are quite cute pawing at the grass. Norm opened the patio door because it was full of fresh raindrops. So the picture is quite crisp. Its fur is still a little wet from the rain. He even talked to this one who didn’t seem to care.

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May 2018 Raccoon in broad daylight eating cracked corn.

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Dan W. Andree
       

A young raccoon I encountered on a trail through my brothers woods in rural Norman Co. Mn.

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  VID_20190718_214447153.mp4
Published on Jul 18, 2019
 
   
 
About

July 18th 2019 evening, I heard some racket. I turned on the patio flood light just in time to see the same mom Raccoon chase away another adult out on the island area of our pond and gather her three kits to cross over the stream and head for our patio where there were some peanuts. I got several videos and still photos. Too bad I just asked Norm to put in a yellow bug light in the floodlight last week. This is taken with my Droid smartphone which was handy. We’ve only seen Raccoons with their kits a few times in the 30 years we’ve lived here in Maple Grove.

   
       
Gerry Garcia
       
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Published on Jul 17, 2019
 
   
 
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About

Uploaded on May 27, 2009

This common animal is found throughout the U.S. and Mexico. It has adapted well to people and is considered by many to be a pest becuse it raids pet's food and garbage cans.

   
       
  Rabid raccoon? Austin, Minnesota
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Published on Oct 27, 2012

This video was filmed in September 2012 in Austin, Minnesota. A 3year old girl was recently bitten by a raccoon in Austin and the animal tested negative for rabies and distemper.

   
       
  MNBound Eagles Mom Chases Raccoon from Nest 5-31-13
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Published on May 31, 2013

Just after dusk a large raccoon climbs over edge of the nest but is attacked by Mom. Mom misses the raccoon but slides down at nest edge. Raccoon are a threat and a danger to eaglets even larger than these two are.

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Norm & Peg Dibble
7/15/2019

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Last night after getting two inches of rain and a little hail here in Maple Grove, this (possibly young) Raccoon showed up just off the cement patio enjoying some of the peanuts that we always throw out there for birds and squirrels. He’s probably been coming every evening. It’s just so surprising that they show up in broad daylight. This was 7:45pm. I called Norm to bring the camera upstairs to photograph him. He also recorded him. They are quite cute pawing at the grass. Norm opened the patio door because it was full of fresh raindrops. So the picture is quite crisp. Its fur is still a little wet from the rain. He even talked to this one who didn’t seem to care.

northern raccoon


Gerry Garcia
7/16/2019

Location: Nine Mile Creek, Bloomington, MN

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Norm & Peg Dibble
May 2018

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Raccoon in broad daylight eating cracked corn.

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Dan W. Andree
2017

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

A young raccoon I encountered on a trail through my brothers woods

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