By George Patrick Richard Benson & Jen Roberton
Raccoons are unexpectedly resilient creatures in urban landscapes. They have complex territorial boundaries demarcated, typically around a three block area. Additionally, they have the capacity to learn how to overcome various obstacles using their opposable thumbs and tools (notably removing many bungy cords, rocks and other means used to protect compost bins). Despite their incredible intelligence, city dwellers often regard raccoons, at best, as an anthropomorphized pet and, at worst, a nuisance to the cleanliness and peace of residential areas. Read more.