Raccoon Facts

Raccoon Facts

What does a raccoon look like?
  • Raccoons are grey in color with bushy, black ringed tailed and black masks across their faces. They have little black hands that have five fingers.
RaccoonsHow big are they?
  • Adults may weigh between 10-30 pounds.
Where do they live?
  • They live in forests, marshes, near lakes and rivers and even in urban areas.
  • They do not like to live far from water, so they do not live in the dry, desert parts of Utah.
What do they eat?
  • Raccoons are opportunistic omnivores. This means that they will eat pretty much anything and everything including plants, fish, insects, small mammals, reptiles, birds and eggs.
  • They also may seek out pet food, gardens and trash.
What eats them?
  • Cougars, coyotes and bobcats may hunt adults; owls and other birds of prey may take young.

Did you know?


  • Even though there is a large population of raccoons in Utah, they are not native to the state.
  • Raccoons are nocturnal – meaning that they are active at night.
  • They are intelligent and good problem solvers. If faced with a problem they have solved before, they will remember how to solve it again.
Threats to raccoons:
  • Raccoons are frequently hit by motor vehicles.