PBS Nature - Raccoon Nation
Premiered February 8, 2012 Length 50:23 minutes
Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.
Stan Gehrt is a wildlife ecologist in Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. (Photo by K.D. Chamberlain.) Ohio State As a noted authority on raccoons he is one of the experts featured in this episode of the PBS show “Nature.”