Bassaris raptor [Bassariscus astutus raptor] - The Ringtail
Found throughout the Southwest United States and the majority of Mexico, the Ringtail is the closest relative of the raccoons. Though they share many of the same habits, raccoons are much more apt to inhabit cities and populated areas, whereas the ringtail (with its considerably more agile form) can just as easily procure food away from potential hazards (humans).
As true omnivores, they can eat anything from berries to lizards, and can even live off of a diet of mice and a few carbohydrate-rich scraps from the table every now and then. Because they’re excellent at hunting small rodents and fairly easily domesticated, Ringtails used to be kept by the miners in the Southwest, and that’s how they became known as miner’s cats (though they’re actually unrelated to cats).
Biologia Centrali-Americana: Or, Contributions to the Knowledge of Flora and Fauna of Mexico and Central America. Edited by F. Ducane Godman and Osbert Salvin, 1918.