Thursday February 25, 2016
It would seem a raccoon is lose in the basement garage of my apartment building ... and the search is on to capture it. My friend Carmine, who lives in the apartment below me, and also parks in the garage, took this pic from inside his car this morning. He calls it Wolverine!! Look at the size of those paw prints on his windshield. It seems we have a raccoon problem as they move into the neighborhood New York City.
Friday ... the hunt is still on but not for one raccoon but a family of raccoons.
Raccoons adapt to city as population skyrockets NY Post - February 25, 2016
Raccoons have gone wild in New York, with 1,581 complaints to the city's' 311 hot line last year, up 69 percent from the year before. The marauders have been caught in Park Slope, Wall Street - even on the Intrepid aircraft carrier.
A bold urban raccoon was recently trapped a stone's throw from the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York Stock Exchange - and New Yorkers in lower Manhattan and other neighborhoods not known for greenery better get used to it.
Pest-control experts say this new breed of city raccoon has ventured out of its usual wooded park environs and adapted to, and even thrived in, the concrete jungle.
The new city-slicker raccoons appear to enjoy city nightlife more than their country cousins. Inspectors believe there are about 100 raccoons per square mile in New York City, and the population is rising because there are few natural predators like eagles, hawks and owls to keep it in check.
The state has issued 100 licenses for raccoon trappers in New York City, a growing necessity because property owners are legally responsible for removing nuisance wildlife. The city Health Department gets involved only if the critters are sick or injured, said agency spokesman Julien Martinez. Cases of rabid raccoons are declining, with four reported last year after 11 cases were logged in 2014.
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