Mont Royal, the large, relatively undeveloped hill in Montreal that gives the city its name, is apparently home to a large population of raccoons. Last nite at a lookout point we encountered a group of them that were being fed peanuts by the visitors.
People were rather careless with the raccoons to the point of attempting to hand feed them, while the raccoons were unnaturally tame. It was obvious that this practice has been going on for some time.
Although this was a good opportunity to take plenty of Procyon lotor photographs, I wish the city of Montreal took measures to prevent the feeding of raccoons in their parks.
I oppose to the direct feeding of wild animals. Wild animals need to stay wild; being so tame around humans usually and eventually spells trouble for them. Besides, in the case of raccoons, it is dangerous for humans to get that close them, for raccoons could be infected with rabies and could pass it to humans easily under such circumstances. If one Montrealer ever catches rabies from one of those tame raccoons, who will be the real victims? The person will suffer thru some rabies shots and hopefully survive, but the entire raccoon population will probably get exterminated to prevent further incidents of human carelessness.