Recently, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set up cameras in a Southwest Florida wilderness area to help biologists estimate the deer population there. The cameras recorded deer but also bears, hogs, panthers, and this lightning-quick raccoon below, which FWC staff believe narrowly escaped the jaws of a hungry alligator. Check out a series of four photos on the FWC’s flickr page, which shows the before-and-after of the raccoon’s gator encounter (along with other animals the camera captured).
More About Raccoons
Raccoons are a common sight in Florida, but they are certainly not exclusive to the Sunshine State. In fact, they can be found in almost every U.S. state, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and parts of South America, according to the PBS documentary, Raccoon Nation. They now also live in Germany, Russia and Japan.
Florida raccoons live primarily in and around trees, but raccoons have also adapted to living in big cities, like the Toronto raccoons featured in Raccoon Nation. The film is available on Netflix (or you can watch it online) and shows how raccoons are incredibly adaptive and possibly outsmarting us!
Photo credits: MyFWCmedia, Mathew Townsend