Nyctereutes procyonoides (Gray, 1834)

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English Raccoon dog ISEIA: C0. IAS of EU concern.
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Brief description

Specimen of Nyctereutes procyonoides from the MNHNL collection. Origin, date and location unknown.

The raccoon dog often lives near water and prefers moist deciduous or mixed forests with abundant undergrowth. It may also occur in wetlands and in a mosaic of woodlands and agricultural areas. The raccoon dog is an opportunistic omnivore with a very wide food niche and is an excellent disperser. It has been reported to cause severe damage to amphibians, waterfowl colonies and tetraonid birds and may compete with native species such as red fox and badger.

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

There is no documented observation of the species in Luxembourg yet (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2019), but the raccoon dog may have been sighted a few times by hunters (Naturverwaltung 2012). Since the presence of the species has been confirmed in the Greater Region, its actual or future presence in Luxembourg is probable.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C0 (3+3+1+1) (Ries et al. 2014: 199).


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  • Naturverwaltung (ed.), 2012. Technischer Bericht der Naturverwaltung betreffend Wildtiermanagement und Jagd, Nummer 2 (2012), 68 pp.
  • Naturverwaltung (ed.), 2013. Jagbare Wildtierarten Luxemburgs. 96 pp.
  • Ries, C., M. Pfeiffenschneider, Engel, E., J.-C. Heidt & M. Lauff, 2014. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of vertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 195-201. [PDF 247 KB]
  • Schley, L., C. Schanck, M. Schaul & C. Sinner, 2001. Neubürger und Heimkehrer unter den Wildtieren Luxemburgs. Beiträge zur Jagd- und Wildforschung 26: 141-154.
  • Wörterbuchkommission (Hrsg.), 1987. Luxemburger Wörterbuch. 5 Bd. Im Auftrag der Grossherzoglichen Luxemburgischen Regierung. Linden, Luxemburg.

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