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  • Finnish
    • pesukarhu
  • Maya
    • a’ka’bak
  • Yuto Nahua
    • batúi
  • Nahuatl
    • Mapachtli
  • English
    • Common Raccoon
    • Northern Raccoon
    • Raccoon
  • French
    • raton laveur
  • Catalan
    • Ós rentador
  • Scientific Names
    • Procyon lotor
    • Procyon gloveralleni
    • Procyon insularis
    • Procyon maynardi
    • Procyon minor
  • German
    • Waschbär
    • Nordamerikanischer Waschbär
  • Spanish
    • Mapache
    • Zorra Manglera

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

nanofishology

Date

July 24, 2016 08:18 PM CDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

bryanto

Date

January 26, 2012 05:29 PM MST

Description

There is a common misconception that Raccoons are not native to Utah, and although that is the official view of the State, it is not supported by evidence. There are several specimens in various collections of the native southwestern sub-species of Raccoon(P. l pallidus) from Utah pre 1900, proving they are native here. The state classifies them as an invasive many so they don't have to manage them and can have an unlimited open season on them, a common practice here for carnivores, native or not, and proof they should not be given management of endanger species, or public lands, because they let special interest groups and political will influence management, rather than science. Originally found mostly along rivers on the Colorado Plateau, today they are common and widespread, and probably represent a population of mixed native and non-native sub-species, since Raccoons were once commonly raise on fur farms here, and no doubt many escaped, and these farmed Raccoons were of mostly Eastern USA origin. But whether the current forms are native here or not, the species is.

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

bryanto

Date

May 12, 2015 08:16 AM MDT

Description

There is a common misconception that Raccoons are not native to Utah, and although that is the official view of the State, it is not supported by evidence. There are several specimens in various collections of the native southwestern sub-species of Raccoon(P. l pallidus) from Utah pre 1900, proving they are native here. The state classifies them as an invasive many so they don't have to manage them and can have an unlimited open season on them, a common practice here for carnivores, native or not, and proof they should not be given management of endanger species, or public lands, because they let special interest groups and political will influence management, rather than science. Originally found mostly along rivers on the Colorado Plateau, today they are common and widespread, and probably represent a population of mixed native and non-native sub-species, since Raccoons were once commonly raise on fur farms here, and no doubt many escaped, and these farmed Raccoons were of mostly Eastern USA origin. But whether the current forms are native here or not, the species is.

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

bryanto

Date

February 21, 2011 02:56 PM MST

Description

There is a common misconception that Raccoons are not native to Utah, and although that is the official view of the State, it is not supported by evidence. There are several specimens in various collections of the native southwestern sub-species of Raccoon(P. l pallidus) from Utah pre 1900, proving they are native here. The state classifies them as an invasive many so they don't have to manage them and can have an unlimited open season on them, a common practice here for carnivores, native or not, and proof they should not be given management of endanger species, or public lands, because they let special interest groups and political will influence management, rather than science. Originally found mostly along rivers on the Colorado Plateau, today they are common and widespread, and probably represent a population of mixed native and non-native sub-species, since Raccoons were once commonly raise on fur farms here, and no doubt many escaped, and these farmed Raccoons were of mostly Eastern USA origin. But whether the current forms are native here or not, the species is.

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What

California Raccoon Procyon lotor ssp. psora

Observer

geodani

Date

July 22, 2016 09:54 PM PDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

dkwalkup

Date

July 14, 2016 06:18 PM MDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

nadinesidler

Date

July 23, 2016 09:04 PM CDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

david181

Date

July 22, 2016 08:02 PM EDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

hannah38

Date

May 21, 2016 02:32 PM EDT

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

carlaba

Date

May 31, 2016

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

annagypsy

Date

July 23, 2016 08:20 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

annagypsy

Date

July 22, 2016 09:08 AM EDT
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Description from Wikipedia

The raccoon (i/ræˈkuːn/, Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon,North American raccoon,northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg (8 to 20 lb). Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous...

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