The raccoon is found from Southern Canada through most of the United States into Northern South America; except for portions of the Rocky Mountains, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.  It is present throughout the state of Louisiana.

Raccoons can weigh up to 20 lbs, but generally weigh between 8 and 15 lbs, with the females usually two or more pounds less than the males. They can measure from two to three feet long at adulthood; this length includes the raccoon's long tail.

Raccoons eat a variety of foods ranging from small vertebrates (mice, birds, fish and lizards), insects, eggs and plant material such as fruits and nuts. They are nocturnal animals that are not very active during the daytime, but spend their time hunting and foraging at night.