|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.