While disgusting, identifying the feces is one of the most important steps in the process of identification. This is one of the best ways to tell you are for sure dealing with a raccoon and not any other animal. Raccoon feces is different from most animals, making the droppings easy to identify. However, since the feces can be known to carry diseases and bacteria, you should take precautions such as gloves or a face mask when coming into contact with raccoon waste.
The droppings often are similar to those of a small dog’s, typically about 2-3 inches in length. If you are looking at it, you may also be able to identify berries in the feces. Raccoons are also known to use the “latrine system” so many of the droppings will be found in one area, while there could be droppings found elsewhere as well. This area is commonly found in a separate corner from where they are nesting, as many mammals who use the latrine system don’t like sleeping near their waste. You can often find larger piles of feces in the latrine area which is a result of overuse of the area.