Raccoons are mean. MEAN. And vicious. Yes, they are the cutest things ever invented, especially little fat raccoon babies, but they are mean!!!! My dogs are medium size, 40 lbs dogs, and I'm sure a raccoon could take them if it wanted to.
My computer skills are miserable -- would wish to do much more quoting-and-linking, than I have the knowledge and ability to do. Anyway -- one tends to regret that raccoons are both sweet and lovable, and vicious and nasty. Raccoons being bothersome in the UK -- my country -- as mentioned in PPs, is a new thing on me; but increasingly, "nothing surprises".
Fi in post #24649, mentions a raccoon problem in Spain. That also, is new to me; but have been aware for some time, that Germany has considerable raccoon troubles. (I'd do links, if I had that skill on this site; as things are, would just say, Google "raccoons -- Germany", and plenty will show up on the subject.)
Hoping for not being jumped-on for "Godwining" this thread -- Adolf has already been mentioned -- and stuff being discussed here, is reckonably about the less-nasty aspects of those people... I understand that Hermann Goering, who was both a keen hunter and a keen conservationist / nature buff, was instrumental in the mid / late 1930s, in bringing into Germany and having some releasing-into-the-wild done, of raccoons: he considered that they would be a good game-type animal for hunting, and also a cool additional species for central Europe's wildlife. The introduced raccoons did well; plus, many were in captivity in conservation centres / reserves, pending future release as and when appropriate -- World War II chaos of various kinds, resulted in numerous captive raccoons getting out and joining their counterparts already there in the wild. It is gathered that at the present time, Germany has a population of well over a million wild raccoons, concentrated in the central parts of the country, and making a considerable nuisance of themselves in various ways.