Raccoons are among the animal forms aliens/trickster/fairy/entities use to guide us to liminal states, to flying saucer interiors, to other realms, or just appearing as iconic animal figures in general high strangeness stuff. Take Dr. Cary Mullis famous encounter several years of his meeting with a glowing, talking raccoon he met by his cabin in the woods. I wrote about a slightly odd raccoon sighting in the house where we saw our orange orb UFO and had our missing time -- though not in direct connection with those events on my blog The Orange Orb.
Here's a photo of a herd of raccoons on the C2C site, seen in the daytime in Florida, with a short description of the sighting and their behavior, which was termed "aggressive" (many rushing the photographer's car) by the writer.
It's been my observation that stories of usually non-aggressive animals (though raccoons can be aggressive of course) have been increasing for a few years now, since around 2000, and really, as my files show, over the last fifteen years or so. It's the context and frequency of these kinds of stories that makes them so odd, so Fortean.
In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying
"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy