Raccoon Nation
Video: Living for the City

“Raccoons can build on their knowledge. Once they figure out one garbage can, they can generalize to another garbage can that might be slightly different. And that makes them unbeatable.”

How the raccoon’s intelligence, adaptable nature, and omnivorous diet all help the species thrive in urban landscapes. Watch video from PBS Nature’s Raccoon Nation.

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  • GoGwenGo

    These little critters come into my house at night if I don’t shut our cat door. It’s odd to live in SF and wake up in the middle of the night to find four masked animals invading your home. Once they get in…they are official house guests…for life. They ate through a piece of wood blocking the cat door. They never fail to find a way inside.

  • Marilyn

    At 3 in the morning, I was awakened by noise on my patio (it is walled, with about a 4 inch opening at the bottom), by 4 baby racoons having the time of their life, playing with my flower pots, digging the dirt out of the pots, rolling the empty ones around on the floor. I opened my sliding door (I left the screen closed) and they came to it and put their front paws up on it, just like a cat would. They were just playing around. Then, the mother came under the wall and literally rounded them up and pushed them out onto the lawn, where they disappeared into the night. I took photos. The babies were so friendly! Not afraid of people yet.

  • Britt

    I have also experienced raccoons in my home. they NEVER forget, and ALWAYS come back, even months later!!! Too smart in my opinion. Perhaps we should just domesticate and TRAIN them!! At least then we could take them to the vet for rabies shots. I suppose that’s not a possibility though.

  • Craig Peterson

    You guys are idiots. Animals forage for food not learning. You put human attributes on animals.

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