<p>Raccoons cluster near a path in New York’s Central Park, hoping for handouts from nocturnal visitors. City officials say feeding the omnivorous mammals is risky—raccoons can carry rabies—and unnecessary, given how resourceful they are. It’s also illegal.</p>

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Raccoons cluster near a path in New York’s Central Park, hoping for handouts from nocturnal visitors. City officials say feeding the omnivorous mammals is risky—raccoons can carry rabies—and unnecessary, given how resourceful they are. It’s also illegal.

Photograph by HILARY SWIFT

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