Meet the raccoons!

These raccoons and skunks were all captured in Laramie, WY, from August 2015-October 2017. After we capture a raccoon or skunk, we take important biological samples and mark the individual, so we can later identify it in the field. Some of our raccoons are fitted with Very High Frequency (VHF) radio collars, but all of the raccoons and skunks we catch are marked with metal ear tags and PIT tags. Check out Tracking Raccoons for more information on the types of samples we take and how we mark the wild animals we catch. Before releasing the animals, we name each individual: female raccoons are named after herbs and spices, male raccoons are named after parks, forests, historic sites, monuments, wildlife reservoirs, green spaces (national, state, local), and skunks are named after rock types, minerals, and gemstones.

We need your help!
Help us name the first female and male raccoon and skunk that we capture during our next trapping season (2018)! Email us at raccoon@uwyo.edu with your name suggestions. (Remember to follow the naming guidelines!)


Licorice
Capture Date:October 2017
Capture Location: Railroad tracks in West Laramie
Like many of the raccoons we've captured near the railroad tracks in west Laramie, Licorice was captured at an abandoned barn. She has a very dark, black coat that really sticks out. We hope to keep tabs on this young female as we continue to study in that area!






Ozark
Capture Date:September 2017
Capture Location:Railroad tracks in West Laramie
Ozark is a young juvenile who's less than a year old. He was captured at an abandoned barn near the railroad tracks in west Laramie. We look forward to studying Ozark for many years to come!






Bears Ears
Capture Date: August 2017
Capture Location: Railroad tracks in West Laramie
Bears Ears is a young male raccoon who was captured in an abandoned barn in west Laramie. He is named after a national monument in southern Utah. Our Bears Ears tends to show up on our PIT tag reader with other young raccoons, so we are eager to learn more about his association patterns!













Rosemary
Capture Date: July 2017
Capture Location: Business in west Laramie
Rosemary was captured at a local business in west Laramie, and this is the second time in two years that we've captured her. She is the BIGGEST raccoon we've ever captured; in 2016 she weighed 26 pounds, and in 2017 she weighed 35 pounds! Definitely a healthy female raccoon!





Molasses
Capture Date: July 2017
Capture Location: Residential home
Molasses was captured in the backyard of a Laramie resident. She is the oldest raccoon we have captured to date! We can age raccoons by the amount of wear on their teeth, and Molasses had very worn teeth. Not to worry- she also had swollen teats which indicates that she bred that summer, so she's still fit enough to produce offspring!





Turmeric
Capture Date: May 2016
Capture Location: Residential home
Turmeric was captured in the backyard of a Laramie resident. In the cage right next to her was a juvenile, possibly her offspring. We collected blood samples from both Turmeric and the juvenile, named Happy Jack, so we can learn more about the genetic relatedness between these raccoons. Turmeric was recaptured in August 2016 in the same backyard! We often track her location to a cluster of residential homes in the city.



Happy Jack
Capture Date: May 2016
Capture Location: Residential home
Happy Jack is a young juvenile who was captured alongside Tumeric, an adult female raccoon. We suspect Happy Jack is the offspring of Tumeric, but we need to run genetic tests to confirm our suspicion!












Appalachian
Capture Date: August 2016
Capture Location: near the Wyoming Territorial Prison
Appalachian was a healthy, juvenile male that likes to "hang out" in the trees. He immediately scurried up a tree after we released him!















Wormwood
Capture Date: August 2016
Capture Location: Residential home
Wormwood is a large, healthy raccoon that was captured in the back alley of a residential home. Our radio-telemetry work so far has indicated that she tends to stay within the same neighborhood that she was captured.





Cloud Peak
Capture Date: August 2016
Capture Location: Residential location
Cloud Peak is named after the tallest peak in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. He was captured in a residential back alley, and we often track him around the surrounding neighborhoods.







Great Bear Rainforest aka Spirit Bear
Capture Date: August 2016
Capture Location: Empty field in city of Laramie
This raccoon is named after the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Great Bear has many features that distinguish him from other raccoons. The black fur around his eyes doesn’t connect to form the characteristic black mask of a raccoon. His nickname is “Spirit Bear” because of his greyish-white appearance. The true Spirit Bears in Great Bear Rainforest are a white-morph black bear subspecies, called the Kermode bear.



Basil
Capture Date: August 2015
Capture Location: Laramie River Greenbelt
Basil was the very first capture for the UWRP! She is a healthy, adult female who was large enough to radio-collar. This allows us to track Basil, and other raccoons we radio-collar, with our radiotelemetry equipment.








Langtang
Capture Date: September 2015
Capture Location: Residential/Business neighborhood
Langtang is a healthy, adult male who was captured near the Albany County Public Library. He had a very calm demeanor while in the trap. Langtang is named after a national park in Nepal. We make sure to check in on Langtang whenever we are out doing telemetry and he is often found in residential neighborhoods. This particular raccoon has been seen using storm drains in town.




Paprika
Capture Date: September 2015
Capture Location: Railroad tracks in West Laramie
Paprika is a healthy, adult female who was large enough to radio collar. We have tracked Paprika multiple times and she is often found in the area she was trapped. She was recaptured in May 2016, and she is still in great health!





Juniper
Capture Date: October 2015
Capture Location: Railroad tracks in West Laramie
Juniper is a healthy, adult female who had a very calm demeanor at the capture site. Juniper was radio collared and we frequently hear her in the area she was captured.










Joshua Tree aka Joshua
Capture Date: October 2015
Capture Location: Private business in West Laramie
Joshua is a large, adult male who is named after a National Park in California. He is certainly the most vocal raccoon we have captured to date! Raccoons can make a variety of vocalizations, like barks, growls and chirps, and Joshua demonstrated all of these to us! We radio-collared Joshua and continually track him within the area he was captured.






Yosemite
Capture Date: October 2015
Capture Location: Private business in West Laramie
Yosemite is an adult male who was captured at a private business near the Laramie River Greenbelt. He is named after Yosemite National Park located in California. Yosemite was radio collared and has been tracked in areas around the Laramie Greenbelt.








Virgin Islands aka Lucky
Capture Date: October 2015
Capture Location: Residential location
Lucky was the last capture of the 2015 field season! He is called Lucky because when we captured him he was in healthy physical condition, even though he is blind in his right eye. We were able to put a radio collar on Lucky and we have been tracking his movements. We have discovered that Lucky likes to travel all around the city of Laramie!