Pictures of Raccoons in Vancouver's Stanley Park
I recently returned from a holiday to Vancouver. While there we saw many raccoons in Stanley Park. As raccoons do not live where I do (in central Alberta) it was neat to see them so unafraid of humans.
Seeing Raccoons in Stanley Park
The first raccoons we saw were very unexpected. We were all looking at the squirrels in the park when we came around a corner near the Vancouver aquarium and saw a mother raccoon with her two little ones at a garbage can. The mother plunged right inside and the babies crawled around on the garbage can waiting for her to come out.
They only look wild...
The following day we took a better walk around, and through, Stanley Park, a 1000 acre park boarding mostly on the ocean. Near lost lagoon we encountered several raccoons, including a mother with three or four youngsters, their mother, and an other adult missing a tail.
Although not a great photo of a raccoon, I love it because it makes this raccoon look so very wild.
Feeding the Raccoons
Although people are not suppose to feed the raccoons in Stanley Park, many people did. We saw people feeding them everything from cat food (good) to cookies (bad). The parks people do not want the raccoons being fed but many well meaning people did so anyhow.
Raccoons would normally not be out in the day but have become accustomed to being fed. I wrote another article on the dilemma of feeding raccoons in the park.
These wild animals were not at all shy of the humans around them.
It was a great thrill to see them, while many people do consider them pests, the tourists (like me) thought they were great!
I took all these pictures of the raccoons in July 2012. I own the copyrights to them so they are not for use without my permission.
I do not want to encourage you to feed wild animals such as those in Vancouver's Stanley park BUT if you are going to do so anyhow try to feed them healthy, natural foods - not cookies!
Do not let children get too close to these wild animals, or to chase them. Raccoons can bite, and can carry rabies, as well allowing children to chase wild animals is not responsible.
Read about the Great Blue Herons of Stanley Park
Other Animals in Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon Area
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