Native throughout the Americas, raccoons are one of the most flexible species we know—dexterous, intelligent, adaptable to a wide variety of environments, and highly omnivorous. Typically nocturnal, raccoons can be found from forests to residential neighborhoods. They are often considered a pest by humans, as they raid henhouses and fight with loose-roaming pets. Like any wild animal, they can also carry diseases, so distance is best. A great point to make when speaking about raccoons to your group is to keep dog and cat food from porches and yards. This promotes a responsible way to coexist with wildlife. Don’t ever feed one, or you’ll soon be providing for their whole family! They are also quite talented at finding their way into our trash cans and dumpsters.