Raccoon is generally found within North America, its fur gets thicker and longer the farther north the animal lives. Traditionally, Native American tribes used raccoon fur for winter clothing while the tails served as decoration. During the 19th century raccoon fur was sometimes used as a form of payment. Shortly after the release of the film "Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier" the popularity of coonskin caps greatly increased, today the Raccoon hat is more commonly known as the "Davy Crocket Hat". The Raccoons distinguishing tail alternates black with tan rings and its body guard hairs are long and silver with black tips. Their fur is very durable if taken care of properly and a number of Raccoon coats from the 1920's are still around today. Raccoon fur is often used today for fur trims such as collars and cuffs.