Rum­mage for racoons

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There is no need to stray too far away from the city to see ex­cit­ing wildlife in Ger­many, espe­cially when there are racoons around. In­tro­duced into Ger­many dur­ing the 1920s, racoons have firmly ce­mented them­selves along­side foxes as ur­ban wildlife across many Ger­man cities in­clud­ing Berlin.

Racoons are ex­traor­di­nar­ily adapt­able and have also found homes across many habi­tats from shore­lines to forests. As op­por­tunis­tic om­ni­vores out of the city, racoons scav­enge for fruit, nuts and in­sects as well as small mam­mals and birds’ eggs. Now seen as an in­va­sive species, their pop­u­la­tion has boomed in Ger­many, and by 2013 the pop­u­la­tion had ex­ceeded 100,000.

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