In search of the raccoons of Mallorca

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The raccoon is an invasive species that has settled in Mallorca quite naturally. More than 200 have already been caught so far this year, according to data from the Consorci de Recuperació de Fauna de les Illes Balears (COFIB). Its aggressive nature, the high reproduction rate it has and its predatory nature make this apparently innocent animal, a huge problem for Majorcan fauna.

From the COFIB they appeal to all people to “don’t touch the cages if you see a raccoon inside “. The Consortium has been working for years on a project that aims to eradicate this animal in Mallorca. They have an App called Green Line, through it, users can notify the organization of the sighting of any invasive species, such as the red-eared turtle, Vietnamese pig, carp or raccoon.

The main problem with the appearance of the raccoon on the island is that with its little more than half a meter and four kilos of weight, it is enough to double the size of any other predator in the area such as martens or genets. It is a nocturnal animal and a very voracious predator: omnivore, it eats from fruits, food scraps that it looks for in the garbage, to other endemic animals such as snakes, ferrets or birds.

Raccoons can transmit diseases, such as rabies, both to other animals and to people. If someone finds one, they must immediately call 112 or use the COFIB Green Line App.

Raccoon specimens began to be found in Mallorca at the end of the 90s. They had them as pets and when they grew up and became annoying and aggressive animals they released them.

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