Having a distinctive black mask over its eyes and a long, bushy tail with black rings, the raccoon is easily recognizable. The animal is known for its curiosity and playfulness, in addition to a sensitive nose, keen eyesight, and hearing.
Having a distinctive black mask over its eyes and a long, bushy tail with black rings, the raccoon is easily recognizable. Amundson discusses the raccoon's history, behavior, food habits, breeding habits, enemies, and wildlife management.
The raccoon’s intelligence, flexibility, and social network have helped it become a successful and resilient mammal. Raccoons are also one of the primary vectors for rabies in North Carolina. As raccoons continue to be a part of the rural and urban landscapes, people should be cautious in areas where they are common.
Raccoons were studied in the North Carolina piedmont from 1975 to 1976 to determine if seasonal changes in body weight occur in a mid-latitude region. Weight changes in raccoons occurred later in North Carolina than in northern states and were less extreme. Differences in weight may reflect different foraging behaviors used in various climates and habitats.