Raccoons

A recent Nature of Things episode about urban raccoons featured a GPS system displaying the movements of two families of raccoons on Google Earth. The animals were in Riverdale and the Beaches.

It’s not all that easy to fast-forward in the CBC’s video format, but the maps appear toward the end, around the 38-minute mark. The researchers found that raccoon family territories are highly local and quite small – just a few blocks.

2 thoughts on “Raccoons

  1. It’s kinda too bad that they showed that zoomed-out map of Toronto; I got the distinct impression that the larger maps were artistic license, since they stated a few times that they only tagged five raccoons. Also, I wouldn’t expect raccoons to observe such strict boundaries between their territories… 🙂

  2. Those GPS tracking maps were fascinating. Raccoon/wildlife removal is our business, so we know them and their tendencies and territories very well – but to see it mapped out visually like that was cool!

    In the field, there is no way for us to know for sure – but we have seen similarities in animals within certain blocks and areas of downtown Toronto. This all but confirms that our belief that these raccoons are related, is true.