What is a raccoon, and where does it live? Raccoons are the most common of all mammals in North America. They are omnivorous animals that eat a variety of foods, including fruit, vegetables, meat, and insects. They typically weigh between 30 and 70 pounds and have a bushy tail that they use to balance when they climb trees or move around quickly. Â Raccoons are good climbers, and you may see them in trees near your home. Â The raccoon population has grown in recent years; however, they still face many dangers, including habitat loss and the spread of rabies.