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Raccoons and the City
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Raccoons and the City

Raccoons are ingenious, one of the few animals that has adapted to thrive in our urban sprawl. Originally tropical animals, raccoons have been spotted as far north as Alaska, as they use our built environments for shelter and scavenge our food as they travel.

Find out more about these intelligent mammals that share our space.

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Raccoons: An American Success Story

Raccoons: An American Success Story

Raccoons love the Big Apple...and the apple cores in its garbage. In this video, David Attenborough narrates a look at raccoon nightlife in New York City. More...

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BBC
What to Do About Raccoons

What to Do About Raccoons

Raccoons don’t often get the hint that they’re not welcome in our attics. Get tips from the Humane Society about raccoon eviction. Don’t worry, mama will rescue those kicked-out kits! More...

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Humane Society
Emerging Virus in Raccoons May Provide Cancer Clues

Emerging Virus in Raccoons May Provide Cancer Clues

Rare brain tumors emerging in raccoon populations seem to be linked to a virus. Research on these tumors in raccoons may shed light on the relationship between viruses and cancer in humans.
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University of California, Davis
Irina Muschik

Irina Muschik

How raccoons conduct their family lives was Irina Muschik’s original research interest. (She also studies roadkill.) Read about her travels through Europe and Asia, interviewing wildlife researchers. More...

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Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Learning to Be a Raccoon

Learning to Be a Raccoon

Raccoon kits are born with basic smarts, but they also need a lot of mentoring from mom. Watch a lesson turn into an ordeal for some. Will the last kit make it to safety before the dogs are let out? More...

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NATURE/PBS
Raccoon Fast Facts

Raccoon Fast Facts

They’re not called “masked bandits” for nothing! Raccoons will eat whatever they can find in nature...and in your garbage can. They’ll live wherever they can cozy up: in a tree, a garage, or your attic. More...

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National Geographic
Raccoon Nation: Raccoon Fact Sheet

Raccoon Nation: Raccoon Fact Sheet

Dexterous front paws make raccoons masters at breaking and entering. And what they’ve learned to do once, they can remember for up to three years. Wow your friends with these awesome facts. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Raccoon Trivia

Raccoon Trivia

Take this trivia quiz, based on an interview between a science comedian and a wildlife biologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Then check the answers to increase your knowledge. More...

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NC Museum of Natural Science
Raccoon: Procyon lotor

Raccoon: Procyon lotor

Raccoons range over much of North America. They aren’t too picky about food sources or home sites, as long as they’re near water. They don’t even mind close raccoon neighbors. Find out more. More...

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Smithsonian

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