CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The raccoon is primarily nocturnal and omnivorous. It builds dens in places such as hollow trees, logs, and burrows. Its breeding season runs from January through March. The offspring are born between April and May. This mammal is highly adaptable and very tolerant of humans.
General Distribution: This species is widespread on the Presidio grounds. It is frequently found in annual grasslands, coastal and dune scrub, forests, buildings, lawns, and rocky tidal areas.
Frequency: Within the Presidio this species is common.
Identifying Characteristics: The raccoon can be distinguished by its speckled brown body. Another characteristic is its black mask and ringed tail. Its size runs from 50 to 100 cm in length, including the tail.
Did You Know?
Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.