Track Hindprint 3 1/4 –4 1/4" (82–108 mm) long, much longer than wide; resembles a miniature human footprint with abnormally long toes. Foreprint shorter, 3" (75 mm) long and almost as wide; claws show on all 5 toes. Tracks are relatively large for animal's size because Common Raccoon is flat-footed, like bears and humans. Stride 6–20" (15–50 cm), averaging 14" (35 mm). When walking, animal's left hindfoot print is almost beside right forefoot. When running, makes many short, lumbering bounds, bringing hindfeet down ahead of forefeet in a pattern similar to that of squirrel tracks.
Sign Crayfish leavings along shores, streams, or ponds; broken stalks, shredded husks, scattered kernels, and gnawed cob ends in cornfields.
Den: Usually a hollow tree, sometimes with scratched or torn bark around entrance; may have scat accumulated at base. Fissures, burrows, old chimneys or buildings, and other protected spots may also be used.
Scat: Droppings inconsistent in shape but generally cylindrical, uniform in diameter, about 2" (50 mm) long; granular, varying from black to reddish and sometimes bleached white. Scat resembles that of Virginia Opossum and skunks, but is often deposited on logs, large tree limbs, or stones crossing a stream. Several families of Raccoons may use a "latrine" area where copious quantities of scat are deposited.