The raccoons’ name is in fact spelled two different ways: racoon and raccoon. It seems that it is dependent upon which side of the pond (A.K.A. the Atlantic Ocean) you’re on.
Raccoons (I am American, no insult to my U.K. friends out there!) As seen in the above statement, can be seen in Canada, United States, Mexico, Finland, Germany and Russia. In actuality they are also found in all of Europe, having been released by the Asians. They may also be located in all of the rest of the world, each country/continent boasting its own species and subspecies.
The food chain is broad and varied. Their natural enemies are foxes and bobcats. However, they have also been proven to be carried off by larger prey predators such as owls and eagles. Unfortunately, the biggest danger known to raccoons is the car. In turn, raccoons feast on a variety of foods such as berries, acorns and leaves. Did you know that they are omnivorous? If you reside in the suburbs, you understand their buffet also includes garbage out of trash cans! In effect, I believe I can safely say they eat whatever they don’t deem as poisonous!
Raccoons can make about 7 unique sounds which at times can seem a bit like a puppy, and other times more like a cat! Perhaps those purring cat sounds you hear at night are actually raccoons instead! This is possible as raccoons are generally nocturnal.
However, they have their limitations as well. My mother once watched a raccoon reach into a hole to catch his prey. He apparently caught it, but as he tried to pull his fist from the hole, it got stuck. He fought for a while trying to get his fist out. Regrettably, he had to let his prey go so as to pull his hand out of the hole!
Raccoons are also sometimes seen as pets. They are fun to watch and very entertaining. However, as a warning, they’re still considered wild animals and are feisty and unpredictable. They are not recommended as pets for those who have young children. Also, they are illegal in several areas as pets so before considering this option, check with the game wardens, Wellington Rat Removal or pet management section in your area.