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Raccoon - Procyon lotor

Native to North America widely distributed in deciduous, mixed forests and due to its adaptability extending into urban areas. Nocturnal and omnivorous eating invertebrates, vertebrates and plants.

Common Names

  • Raccoon (en)
  • Mapache boreal, Racuna (es)
  • Raton laveur (fr)
  • Waschbär (de)


  • Carnivora
  • Procyonidae
  • Procyon lotor

Where & When to Spot

Can be observed in all larger parks around Montreal. Although nocturnal, especially during spring also active during day.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Mont-Royal 4 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Its mask and the white rings along the tail are distinctive characteristics.


Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Proof that the Raccoons are good climbers.

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2022-04-10

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 180;

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Who is watching us through the plants? This one was smaller, younger, maybe second year?

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-06-07

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/50; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Getting very close, about 5m, of this individual looking for some food.

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-04-05

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

In spring, the racoons on Mont-Royal loose their sheyness in search of food.

Park Mont-Royal - 2014-04-12

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 179mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.5; Iso 800;

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