When Raccoons Attack!

Posted on September 12, 2011 – 9:39 PM | by Sarah H
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If you live in Midtown, you’ve probably seen wild raccoons roaming around at night searching for garbage. Generally they keep to themselves, but in the last few weeks there have been three incidents in Midtown in which raccoons attacked humans, apparently unprovoked. The incidents have occurred at Ninth and P, Third and P, and most recently 21st and D on September 5th. In all three cases, the people attacked were walking small dogs (coincidence?).

Sacramento seems to be taking these incidents very seriously–FOX 40 reported live several times during Tuesday’s incident, and there was a front page article in the Bee last Wednesday discussing Sacramento’s “shift in its relationship with its wild-animal neighbors.”   Last Tuesday, animal control responded to the attack by sending an officer into the trees with a shotgun. The officer fired three shots and killed all three raccoons (nice shot!). The animals are now being tested for rabies.

Although I had to chuckle when watching FOX40’s live updates on Tuesday–I mean, really, is the most breaking news in Sacramento really a raccoon attack?–the situation is a little creepy. I was recently walking through Midtown at night and found myself imagining raccoons springing on me from the trees. Most likely, as the Bee’s article states, the raccoons have simply become more accustomed to living among humans and can see pedestrians as getting between them and their food. Small dogs are also potential competitors for food, which is probably why the raccoons attacked in these incidents.

Hopefully we aren’t facing a raccoon apocalypse, but until we know for sure, you should probably avoid walking your small dogs at night and/or near dumpsters, and carry a shotgun at all times if you can.


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    By alfreeland on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    It’s good they’re being careful. Westfield mall captured either a raccoon or a possum and found it had rabies. The same thing happened across from the capitol at the library/courts building under construction. That animal is also being tested for rabies. It was trapped after local walkers noticed aggressive behavior.



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    By ed hunter on Sep 16, 2011 | Reply

    I know that rabid animals are a threat to God and Country and Life and Liberty, but I really hope Sacramento remains a place where trees grow tall and smell funny and that possums and racoons enjoy the same rights of way and the same right to exist that human beings claim.

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