That racoon-dog, it's the same thing as the tanuki, isn't it? The mischievous creature that often appears in Japanese myth?
Yup, tha same. And suit which Mario has in Super Mario Bros III that allows him to change into a monk statue for awhile is "tanooki suit" (tanuki).
We've got those masked everyhting-goes eaters here in Finnish woods since 60's or 70's and they have recently turn into real pain with amazing capacity of breeding (10-15 pups twice the year) and hunger for bird eggs and bird babies and...and they tend to search food from trashyards like American raccoons.
And they are not easily being hunted as they are nocturnal animals and traps are not allowed anymore (except the cage ones that capture animal alive).
But there's even worser "killer" in Finland's nature. Mink, American ferret which was brought here in 60's for fur farming and nowadays we have strong population in the wild which keeps hunting duck litters 'till the last duckling, and when there's many rare breeds of duck family that nest in Finland that's really not a good thing.