Young Raccoon Hiding
I saw this young raccoon cross the road while driving home one night in YNP. I didn't know what it was that had crossed the road, but knew it was something I probably hand't documented int he park before. I stopped and went down towards the river where it had gone but couldn't find it. As I turned to leave, I heard a splash. Turning around, I saw this little guy hiding on this log next to the waters edge. This is the first raccoon I have documented in the park, and before this, I didn't even know they were present at such elevations.
The raccoon, ''Procyon lotor'' , also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg . The raccoon is usually nocturnal and is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates. It has a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense underfur,.. more