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Ringtail

Bassariscus astutus

Family

Procyonidae, coati and raccoon family

Conservation Status

Least concern, IUCN

Distribution

Southwestern North America from Oregon south to Central Mexico

Habitat

Various – including semi-arid oak forest, pinyon pine or juniper forest, chaparral, desert, rocky areas and canyons.

Factoid

Modern ringtails so closely resemble their upper tertiary (2 mil.+ years) ancestors that they are like living fossils.

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