Pictures of Raccoons in Vancouver's Stanley Park

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 21st Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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!

Other Notes

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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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Jul 2012 (#)

An interesting article, Mark. Loved the pictures.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures, also a nice take on your holiday, Mark - siva

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you, Mark. I feed raccoons every evening, I loved your pictures. They are so cute but it is not wise to "corner" one.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
21st Jul 2012 (#)

I would like to play the song from Beatles- Rocky Raccoon of Beatles with it! Nice photos and wisely written.

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Nice one Mark, and yes Rezaul great song

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Great pics! Nice article.

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author avatar Don Rothra
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Nice work

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author avatar Uma Shankari
21st Jul 2012 (#)

I don't think look wild. They look shy and timid.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
21st Jul 2012 (#)

So many Lone Rangers and not a single Tonto in sight!

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author avatar Denise O
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Great photos Mark. Looks and sounds like a good time was had by all. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Great article and pictures! We have raccoons coming up on our deck every night trying to steal our cats food. Cute little buggers!!! My cats are not afraid of them! Most of the time I try to remember to bring the cats food in at night because my dog goes nuts when he hears the raccoons coming on our deck. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

Very fun read...thank you Mark:0)!

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author avatar LOVERME
24th Jul 2012 (#)

she soils without a bat of an eye ..
and kicks wikinuts
who don't feel shy
i don't know why
ere i print something she bloats one out of her tummy and
she thinks she's alls shit she is

mark do take pains and let outsiders outside remain
it does all on wiki harm
and pain hope you are listening not in vain..

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
24th Jul 2012 (#)

great pictures and article

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

charming page and pics are great...thank you Mark

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author avatar Ruby Hawk
6th Aug 2012 (#)

Mark, Your pictures are unique, not many people get close enough to get such good shots.

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author avatar Retired
10th Aug 2012 (#)

great shots there, and yes these racoons can be... cute (been there before too)

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