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Raccoon dog

Not to be confused with Raccoon or Coonhound

The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides, from the Greek words nukt-, "night" + ereutēs, "wanderer" + prokuōn, "before-dog" [but in New Latin used to mean "raccoon"] + -oidēs, "similar to"), also known as the mangut (its Evenki name)

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A short video giving information about the raccoon dog, also known in Japan as the tanuki. It gives information about its spread throughout the world, far past its native habitat, and the role humans play in their lives. Though treated as an invasive species, which they are, outside of East Asia, they thrive where they have been introduced in Europe due to a lack of both natural predators, and human hunting. "The Tanuki or 'raccoon dog' is a very interesting animal, but unfortunately they are exploited for their fur in many ways from being farmed to being reintroduced into areas for the purpose of hunting them. Now many areas claim an over population of an animal that they themselves placed there."

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