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RaccoonsRaccoons (Procyon lotor) are abundant throughout Kansas. The black face mask and ringed tail are its distinguishing characteristics.

Adult raccoons in Kansas weigh 8 to 49 pounds and measure 26 to 38 inches long. Most breeding takes place in February, and with a gestation period of 63 days, young are born April and May. There is usually one litter per year of 4 to 7 young. At birth, the young, furry animals weigh about 2 1/4 ounces. They are born blind, but their eyes open within 30 days. Young raccoons stay in the den until they are 8 to 10 weeks old.