Raccoons are medium-sized mammals that are native to North America. They are known for their distinctive black and white striped tail and their mischievous behavior. Raccoons are found in a wide variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas. Raccoons are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of plants and animals. They are known for their intelligence and problem-solving abilities, and are often observed using their front paws to open containers and forage for food. Raccoons are also skilled climbers, using their strong front paws and claws to scale trees and other structures. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, meaning that they are active at night. They are also social animals and live in groups, or "raccoon families," which are led by a dominant female. Raccoons are known for their vocalizations, which include a variety of sounds such as whimpers, barks, and growls. Raccoons are important members of many ecosystems, playing a role in seed dispersal and the control of pest populations. However, they are also known to cause problems when they come into contact with humans, raiding trash cans and gardens and sometimes carrying diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
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