Raccoons in Calgary? Yup
Video, photo evidence the sneaky critters are in the city
There's plenty of wildlife in Calgary — deer, coyotes, skunks and more — but some Calgarians are not convinced raccoons are part of the mix.
"I just have cameras on my house largely to record two-legged bandits," said Scott Olson, who inadvertently caught footage of a raccoon. "I saw him wandering around the lawn on my video."
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Calgary wildlife experts say climate change and development are causing more and more raccoons to move into the city.
"This is making Alberta a little bit more friendly for raccoons. We're seeing them expand north throughout the province," said Chris Fisher, biologist and author of Mammals of Alberta.
Fisher says they move into neighbourhoods with bodies of water, but Calgary's cold winters help keep raccoon populations low.
"No urgency to go buying raccoon proof containers just yet," he said.
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With files from the Calgary Eyeopener