University of British Columbia Announces Raccoon Intelligence Study

Researchers from the University of British Columbia are requesting assistance from Vancouver residents in their study of raccoon intelligence. The Urban Wildlife Project aims to set up “humane traps” in backyards, microchip sedated raccoons, and offer them puzzles to solve. The study will focus on memory, learning, self-control, and other cognitive skills. The goal is to understand raccoons' behaviour, promote coexistence with urban wildlife, and assess their adaptability. The researchers will also test skills like spatial memory, reversal learning, and inhibitory control, all related to tasks relevant to their urban environment.