Erik Misael Flores Serrano holds a raccoon kit extracted from the basement of a home in Woodacre, California (USA). Serrano is an employee with Mr. Raccoon, a no kill wildlife removal service. Once these raccoon kits are removed, they are placed in a box or tote and left outside the residence. The mother would then return, break into the box and move her kits to a new home the following night. The crawl spaces are then secured with wire mesh to prevent them from moving back in. Urban raccoons in the bay area have shown remarkable skill in surviving the human-built landscape
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Cities Gone Wild
Cities Gone Wild is an exploration of three savvy animals: black bears, coyotes and raccoons. Each of these urban carnivores are uniquely equipped to survive and even thrive in the human built landscape at a time when urbanization is decimating habitat for less adapted wildlife. I tracked these three carnivores in cities across the United States, to reveal how they are using our infrastructure and resources to carve out a unique place in society that might help them survive an uncertain future.
Published in the July, 2022 issue of National Geographic Magazine