Raccoon Challenging Images Rows 1-2

Plain text indicates the location (see corresponding red arrow) of the animal(s) in image; bold text indicates the basis of the identification of the animal(s).

1 ­– On left margin of image, facing left.  [Single raccoon: this partial image shows only the ringed tail diagnostic of the raccoon.]

2  ­– Directly behind pile, facing right.  [Single raccoon: this view, somewhat blurred and obscured by pile material, shows an individual with an arched back bearing grizzled fur and a thick tail (rings not very discernible), both of which are characteristic of the raccoon.]

3 ­– On left margin of image, facing right. [Single raccoon: this partial view is further masked by a tree trunk.  It shows a grizzled, arched back with downward pointing head and short legs, all indicative of the raccoon.]

4 – Behind pile to right, facing camera. [Single raccoon: a challenging view due to poor illumination.  Face of raccoon shows diagnostic mask and light ear fronts.  Arched, grizzled back and thick tail disappears into shadow.]

5 – On front margin of image, facing away from camera.  [Single raccoon: this partial image shows the arched, grizzled back and lighter ears (head is down) that are characteristic of a raccoon.  Immediate surrounding images show much clearer views of a raccoon.]

6 – In background, approaching pile.  [Single raccoon: this frontal view shows dark mask around eyes and arched back with grizzled appearance that are characteristic of the raccoon.]