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Raccoon Nation - TV special on the evolution urban raccoons

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Gargoyle, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Gargoyle

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    Raccoons are spreading, adapting, and learning from humans, and urban raccoons have developed into very different personalities and skills than rural raccoons. With each generation and with each challenge we throw at them, they get smarter and more dangerous.

    The PBS Nature series just ran a one hour program on them; scientists put GPS devices on five urban raccoons and tracked them for six months. One raccoon can maintain as many as 20 dens, and they are constantly on the move. The teach their young, and somehow they communicate and share information on food sources, opening locks, and so forth.

    They have invaded places where they are not native and have no natural predators, from Germany to Japan; in Japan they are destroying 750 year old wooden temples. The raccoon population density in the city of Toronto is 20 times what it would be in similar rural acreage.

    Raccoons carry the raccoon ring worm but it doesn't bother them; however it is a deadly neurotoxin to humans; you have to wear a mask and be really careful cleaning raccoon poop, or you can get ill from breathing the dust.

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/raccoon-nation/introduction/7518/
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012

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