Thursday, February 14. 2019
Raccoons have been given the title of “break-in artists.” They are extremely intelligent and have very sensitive hands with long fingers, toes and nails. Only humans and other primates have similar numbers of receptor cells found in their hands.
Raccoons are great problem solvers that adapt easily to new environments and objectives. They are very good at grabbing, pulling things apart, scaling buildings, and are adept at figuring out how to open green bins when first introduced in Toronto.
The green bins were labelled as “raccoon proof” but raccoons were quick to adapt to this new obstacle and over time were able to find their way into the bins. They figured out how to undo the latch and gain access to the abundance of food inside. These green bins offered more food than they are used to getting in a week of foraging, which is why I believe they set their sights on these bins. Even with the new green bin design implemented in Toronto, there are videos on YouTube showing a raccoon masterfully turning the handle and gaining access. It’s just a matter of time before word spreads on how easy it is to open this new design.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.