By Dave Hanks

These opportunistic omnivores will eat a wide variety of food. They are widespread across the country, except at high elevations. They are even found in cities. They do, however, prefer riparian areas where they can “chow-down” on all sorts of aquatic lifeforms. You may see them washing their food but it’s not because of hygiene. It’s because they do not have salivary glands.

Their paw construction allows them to grasp things and when they do, they don’t want to let go. Raccoons can handle themselves against dogs. They are also purported to make good pets.

They like dog food, and we lured these in at night. By using the camera’s flash, and my wife shining a flashlight on them, we obtained this photo.