I had this encounter with this Raccoon several years ago and I wanted to share it again since I have a lot more visitors to my site now.
I was driving down a gravel road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I saw a Raccoon walking near the road. I pulled over and got out of my vehicle to see if I could get a few photos before it ran off. To my surprise the Raccoon came toward me instead of running away. Now remember this is a refuge that allows certain types of hunting so most encounters of wildlife are brief. As the Raccoon got closer I started backing up to get near my vehicle because I knew something was not right. The Raccoon stopped and held up its paw and I noticed a sore spot on it. I decided to move away from my vehicle but also moving at an angle away from the Raccoon to try and get a better view of the injury. The Raccoon began following me down the road. I decided to take a chance and just remain still and see how close the Raccoon would get to me. It walked up to me and sniffed my boots and then held up its paw. (I had a telephoto lens on my camera so I couldn’t capture it sniffing my boots.) I talked to the Raccoon for a few seconds and it finally walked into a wooded area and disappeared.