Raccoons are rather common on the Navajo Nation, but nearly always found near ponds, creeks and rivers. Raccoons spend much of their time climbing trees, especially when they are threatened. They are omnivores and very opportunistic in their feeding habits. Most (75%) of their diet is composed of animals, both invertebrates (worms, crayfish and aquatic insects) and other vertebrates like frogs, salamanders, and fish. Raccoons are well known to 'wash' their food in water prior to eating..
Raccoon is called "Tábąąh mą'ii' in the Navajo language. They are respected and greatly honored by the Navajo People.