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What Does a Raccoon Footprint Look Like?

One of the best ways to identify the presence of raccoons is to identify their tracks. Raccoons have nimble hands and feet that each contain five fingers and toes. At first glance, raccoon tracks may look like the handprints of human children. 

raccoon print in mud


Raccoons often track through mud, which is why raccoon prints are often found on tabletops or cars.



Front and Back Paw Identification

Forepaw tracks resemble tiny human handprints with five fingers extending from the palm. Hind paw tracks are similar but show elongated heels that sink deep into the ground.

raccoon print on duct

Raccoon Gait

Raccoons have unusual gaits, carrying the majority of their weight on their back ends. This puts the fore and hind paw tracks side by side or slightly offset from each other.  

A diagram of raccoon footprints and tracks.

Removing raccoons from your property is dangerous and requires the expertise of trained professionals. If you have identified raccoon tracks on your property, contact the wildlife removal experts at Critter Control to safely and humanely remove the nuisance animals.  

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