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Presented at the Great Plains Wildlife Damage Control Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, April 17-20, 1989. Published in Proceedings of the 9th Great Plains Wildlife Damage Control Conference, pp. 87-92.


Twenty-four city raccoons were radio-collared and relocated 25-45 km north of the original capture site in Toronto, Ontario. Following release, extensive exploratory movements were noted with distances of 2-7 km being traversed per night. Home ranges for adult males (avg = 39 km2) and females ( avg = 72 km2) far exceeded juvenile ranges and areas utilized by raccoons in an urban setting. None of the raccoons returned to the original point of capture and mortality of the relocated raccoons approached 50% during the first 3 months following release