North American Raccoon


The North American Raccoon is native to North America and Central America where it is found in large numbers.
In the 1930s it was introduced to Europe for fur farming (hunting) and escaped to the wild and distributed in large numbers in Europe.

Raccoons eat almost everything from fish, frogs, insects and small mammals to fruits and vegetables.
They have adapted so well to humans that they often remove food scraps from garbage cans.
Males sometimes behave territorially, but the habitats of males hardly overlap with each other.
They are mainly active at night, but raccoons sometimes come out during the day and can be seen regularly at dusk.

Simmerath, Eifel, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 3 May 2022

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