Pennsylvania Game News - June 2020 - 33

A

NY ANIMAL our forefathers
nicknamed the masked bandit
almost has to have some bad habits and
compatibility issues. And raccoons do.
Like black bears and coyotes, raccoons get into trouble.
Maybe more now than ever.
That increase in mischief - for all
three species - can be attributed to their
amazing adaptability. But raccoons,
being smaller and less noticeable, get
away with more.
Raccoons also possess an attractiveness that is misinterpreted by some
people as approachable. But no good
can come from getting close to a wild
raccoon. Threatened or cornered, they
transform from cute and cuddly to
offensive and punishing.
Raccoons never posed the problems
they now present in Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh. Trappers historically had
kept them in check and mostly out
of Pennsylvania's largest cities. But
an ongoing reduced global interest in
fur and the commensurate decline in
prices paid for pelts - as well as the
cost of stringing steel or chasing with
hounds - has compelled many raccoon
trappers and hunters to pursue some
of the state's latest star additions to

furbearer seasons: fishers, bobcats and
river otters. There's also more interest
in trapping the state's growing population of beavers.
Also compounding the problems
trappers and houndsmen face pursuing raccoons is the continuing loss
of habitat on and access to properties
around growing communities and city
outskirts. Even in rural Pennsylvania,
huge chunks of farmland are being subdivided limiting sporting opportunities.
Given this unique reduction in harvest pressure, raccoon populations have
grown throughout the Commonwealth.
And that's something for a species
that endured significant rabies losses
through the 1980s into the early 21st
century.
Raccoons remain the primary carrier
of rabies in the Commonwealth, and
although the impact of rabies on raccoons has been minimized through the
air-dropping of oral vaccine baits into
the wild, they still sustain annual losses.
Since its startup in Pennsylvania
in 1982, trappers have helped to limit
rabies' spread. But by the mid-1990s,
rabies cases in wildlife were showing
up in all of the state's counties.
In recent times, raccoons have

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