I'm starting to see my first set of ear tagged raccoons. This means the rabies vaccination program is underway. I'm still seeing a number of untagged raccoons, but it's a great start.
Beyond the vaccination program, I would like to see the Parks Department do two things to manage the raccoon population in the park:
- Ban all feeding of wildlife, except in controlled situations like the Evodia Field bird feeders. Loose bird seed attracts rats, bread habituates ducks and limits their natural migration, and feeding raccoons creates over population where disease spreads quickly.
- Purchase animal proof trash cans. Almost every trash can in the park becomes a meal for a raccoon after dusk.