The Raccoon is originally native to North American and at present there are 26 different types of raccoons living across the North American continent, ranging from Canada to Panama. However, while the raccoon may have been native to North America it has since spread across the world. Raccoon populations have been recorded existing throughout countries in
Europe (the largest abundance being located in Germany) as well as
around the western end of Russia and parts of China and Japan.
Many North American Indian tribes have long-viewed the raccoon as a
trickster. The mischievous raccoon is most frequently portrayed
light-heartedly as a leading character in children’s tales. The spirit
animal is also the inspiration for many Native American dances and is
recognized, in part, in rituals and ceremonies.