Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
20 January 2017
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois
Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas
A recently killed Common Raccoon laid a short distance outside the main entrance to the state park indicating its likely use of the park’s grounds as well as the adjoining private land.
Procyon is a genus of nocturnal mammals, comprising three species commonly known as raccoons, in the family Procyonidae. The most familiar species, the common raccoon (P. lotor), is often known simply as "the" raccoon, as the two other raccoon species in the genus are native only to the tropics and less well known. Genetic studies have shown that the closest relatives of raccoons are the ring-tailed cats and cacomistles of genus Bassariscus, from which they diverged...