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Raccoon Latrine

Raccoons often create large communal latrines along the paths that they frequent. Likely spots to look for them include the base of good-sized conifers, especially those near water, as well as on top of stone walls, rotting logs or under rock outcroppings.  Often latrines are located near denning or resting sites.  The pictured latrine was located on a path between two bodies of water, and was totally hidden by tall grasses.  Raccoon scat can carry the parasitic roundworm Baylisascaris procyonis, which can be fatal in humans, so it’s best not to handle their scat.