Raccoons are one of the more intelligent and fearless of the beach mammals. Their opportunistic behavior frequently brings them into contact with humans. They scurry around at night looking for insects, garbage, whatever they can find to eat. The more natural setting to find raccoons is in the marsh areas, where they grab shellfish. They are one of the few animals that wash their food before eating it. They usually like to settle into hollow trees during the day, but the sand offers a burrowing option. Their tracks might show the presence of a claw. The front foot is smaller than the back and they walk with an alternating pattern. Usually the front and back foot are close to each other, unless they are running. The front and hind feet are about 2.5” and a little round. The scat is cigar shaped and about 3” long.

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