The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family (family of the order Carnivora/meat eaters), having a body length of 16 to 28 inches and a body weight of 8 to 20 pounds.
Raccoons are usually nocturnal and omnivorous, with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.
The raccoon has a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense underfur, which insulates against cold weather. And is good to know, for even though Mississippi is not known for its intense winters as some more northern out lying states, still the raccoon needs this protection for warmth, especially during the most recent harsh and unusual winters for some southern states.
Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their average life expectancy in the wild is only 1.8 to 3.1 years.
In many areas hunting and traffic accidents are the two most common causes of death. There is a summer hunting season for raccoons in central Mississippi, and here are the details of raccoons' behaviors and of the hunting season itself.