Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis, Indiana has raccoons in an abundance though there are squirrels, ducks, and rabbits all over the city. Additionally, other unique animals are around Indianapolis as well including badgers, flying squirrels, and foxes. Coyotes are present around Monument Circle within a few miles, too.
Urban Wildlife Information Networks Sets up Cams to Track Raccoons
Researchers set up cams around Indianapolis four years ago and a lot of raccoons were showing up. However, researchers didn’t know why there were so many raccoons. The Urban Wildlife Information Network operations in multiple cities across the country, including St. Louis and Madison, Wisconsin. They put out 45 to 50 cameras around the city’s green spaces four times a year and let them running continuously for a full month. Finally, tens of thousands of images shows the density, distribution, and diversity of wildlife in the city.
Total Wildfire Control Services
Ryan Agullana, the owner of the animal control company Total Wildfire Control Services, has been working in Indianapolis and around surrounding cities for about a decade. Agullana says he has seen the raccoon population increase quite a bit. He said it may have to do with the reduction in fur sales or a dip in cyclical disease. Apparently, the groundhog population is booming as well. In fact, Agullana said his company got more than 50 percent groundhog calls than they did a year ago. For example, groundhogs may have more babies. Additionally, he has seen more squirrels and chipmunks. He has also noticed the development of the city’s deer populations from fawns and adults.
Agullana has also viewed badgers. The cameras have caught coyotes and red foxes within a mile or two from Monument Circle. There are more wildlife calls in rural areas. Raccoons are found in particular areas of the house. They are crawl through holes and set up a place to stay in attics or similar areas.