Montreal’s Mont Royal: The Raccoons of Town

New York has its rats, Athens has its stray dogs and cats and Montreal is the unlikely urban home of a large population of raccoons. Although they can be seen dashing across alleyways and rummaging in the back street trash cans of various neighborhoods, their center base is Mont Royal, the city’s namesake hill. In the evenings, the raccoons come out onto the observation point in the hillside, largely prompted by the passing visitors leaving food for them. As a result, they have become as much an attraction at the overlook as the sprawling views of the city.