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The city’s finding warnings don’t work, so next it will be handing out fines for feeding raccoons on the mountain. They’re fighting a losing battle against the sheer cuteness of little raccoons though.
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Yeah, just look at those three faces on that article. I know that raccoons are wild animals who will attack if you corner them, who carry all sorts of disease, etc, etc, but they are really adorable. I don’t actually feed them (well, not deliberately), but I can see the temptation.
NDG raccoons aren’t aggressive; at least not the ones I’ve crossed paths with. If a thought bubble came up above their head it would read “yo!” However, several were very fat. Perhaps we’re seeing the start of raccoon domestication.
Also, I though Montreal was rabies-free?
It is. I heard the Amis de la montagne woman on CBC radio yesterday talking about this. Raccoons are wild animals and of course if they scratch or bite you it’s not great, but there’s no rabies on the island of Montreal and if the city thinks it’s smart to try to create a panic by hinting around about nonexistent rabies I think that’s very stupid.
From what I’ve read, raccoons are probably more dangerous to dogs than to us, because they can carry a form of distemper that dogs can catch – but of course most pet animals are routinely vaccinated against distemper anyway.
Montreal may be rabies-free now, but that can change quickly. The idea is to not be in the habit of feeding the raccoons so that there’s less risk if rabies does show up. Also, as I’ve been hearing, some of the raccoons are becoming so dependent on junk food that they’re not learning their natural food-finding skills or whatever it is that keeps them fed normally.
But yeah, they sure are cute!
Also a different form of distemper cats can catch. Or something cats can catch, anyhow. Mostly they can bite people, and wild animal bites can get infected quite easily.
This is not about health or safety of humans, but the sustainability of the mountain. Human feeding of the raccoons swells their numbers and they have an impact on the ecosystem of the mountain. People need to be educated and if they can’t learn, than they need to be punished.
if they can’t learn, than they need to be punished
But you make a good point, walkerp. It isn’t always about humans.
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