Saturday, February 27, 2016

Barking Dogs Fork with Racoons - Study

Raccoons on B.C.'s Gulf Islands have been living the good life for more than a century, ever since their natural predators were hunted off the islands by humans.

The raccoons spend day and night on the shoreline, gorging on seafood, which has had a detrimental effect on the intertidal ecosystem. In a study published Wednesday in Nature Communications, one ecologist presents a solution: scare the raccoons' appetite away with the sound of barking dogs.
Unfortunately racoons are no dummies. The barking sounds may be enough to scare them for a few months, but they will soon overcome that fear.

Scientists say long term change would require the reintroduction of predators who enjoy raccoon for dinner.

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