Spotting a raccoon in the midst of the road can be both a surprising and concerning moment as a photographer. This encounter can offer the opportunity to capture a story that highlights the #conservationissues facing #urbanwildlife.
Its a story that begins when I came across a raccoon in the middle of the road possibly rummaging through the garbage or searching for food. Fortunately, I was able to quickly capture this beautiful creature in its natural habitat, highlighting the challenges faced by urban wildlife as they navigate through #humandominated landscapes.
As the story progresses, I could see the fear in the animal`s eyes that showcases the impact of urbanization on wildlife, including the loss of natural habitats, increased encounters with humans and vehicles, and the abundance of non-natural food sources. The images can show the raccoon in different scenarios, such as struggling to cross the road safely or being forced to rely on human-generated food sources.
The message of the story is conservation and the importance of protecting urban wildlife and their habitats. I find a need for educating the public on how to coexist with these wonderful animals, such as properly disposing of trash, planting native vegetation, and creating wildlife crossings and safe zones.
Through capturing this story, the intension is to raise awareness about the impact of urbanization on wildlife and the importance of conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats.
Location: Lambton Avenue, North York, Canada