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Psycho killer raccoons terrorize Olympia
Associated Press ^ | 08/22/06

Posted on 08/22/2006 8:00:03 AM PDT by presidio9

A fierce group of raccoons has killed 10 cats, attacked a small dog and bitten at least one pet owner who had to get rabies shots, residents of Olympia say.

Some have taken to carrying pepper spray to ward off the masked marauders and the woman who was bitten now carries an iron pipe when she goes outside at night.

"It's a new breed," said Tamara Keeton, who with Kari Hall started a raccoon watch after an emotional neighborhood meeting drew 40 people. "They're urban raccoons, and they're not afraid."

Tony Benjamins, whose family lost two cats, said he got a big dog — a German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix — to keep the raccoons away.

One goal of the patrol is to get residents to stop feeding raccoons and to keep pets and pet food indoors.

Lisann Rolle said she began carrying an iron pipe when she goes outside at night after being bitten by raccoons when she tried to pull three of them off her cat Lucy. She obtained rabies shots afterward as a precaution.

"I was watching her like a hawk, but she snuck out," Rolle said. "Then I heard this hideous sound — a coyote-type high pitch ... It was vicious. They were focused on ripping her apart."

The attacks have been especially shocking because raccoons came within five feet (1 1/2 meters) of cats without any problem in previous years, Benjamins said.

"We used to love the raccoons. They'd have their babies this time of year, and they were so cute. Even though we lived in the city, it was neat to have wildlife around," he said, "but this year, things changed. They went nuts."

In one case five raccoons tried to carry off a small dog, which managed to survive.

The attacks, all within a three-block area near the Garfield Nature Trail in Olympia, are highly unusual, said Sean O. Carrell, a problem wildlife coordinator with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, adding that trappers may be summoned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove problem animals.

"I've never heard a report of 10 cats being killed. It's something were going to have to monitor," Carrell said.

Meanwhile, residents have hired Tom Brown, a nuisance wildlife control operator from Rochester, Washington, to set traps, but in six weeks he has caught only one raccoon. He and Carrell said raccoons teach their young — and each other — to avoid traps.

Brown said he had seen packs of raccoons this big but none so into killing.

"They are in command up there," he said.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; doggieping; hatewhenthathappens; theyhuntinpacks; unleashnearcapitol; washington; wildlife
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1 posted on 08/22/2006 8:00:05 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Qu'est-ce que c'est?


2 posted on 08/22/2006 8:01:17 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: presidio9

Damn'd racoonofacists!


3 posted on 08/22/2006 8:01:21 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: presidio9

Raccoons looking for La-Z-Boys in all the wrong places...


4 posted on 08/22/2006 8:01:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

410 ga shotgun.


5 posted on 08/22/2006 8:02:16 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

>>>In one case five raccoons tried to carry off a small dog, which managed to survive.<<<


6 posted on 08/22/2006 8:02:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9

Well, at least they're not BADGERS!...........


7 posted on 08/22/2006 8:03:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: presidio9

They aren't afraid of people here either, even mothers with babies. I'm cautious when I step outside my door at night.


8 posted on 08/22/2006 8:03:24 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: presidio9
This is so stupid, just let people shoot the d*mn things and be done with it. My grandfather just sits and laughs when he hears about this stuff, explains to us (over and over) how it would have been handled when he was younger. I think sometimes the old ways really are better...
9 posted on 08/22/2006 8:03:40 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: presidio9

Easy way to deal with 'coons.

1.) Reduce coon to dead flesh with application of firearm of choice. I like a .22
2.) Skin and clean. Pick most of fat off the bone. This is tedious, but makes for a tastier meal.
3.) Put in large roaster. Stack sweet potatoes around bottom. Salt/Pepper to taste, splash zesty Italian dressing on meat.
4.) Cook at 350 until done to the bone.


10 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:01 AM PDT by shag377 (De gustibus non disputandum est)
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To: presidio9

>>>One goal of the patrol is to get residents to stop feeding raccoons and to keep pets and pet food indoors.

A county over from me fines people now for putting out bird seed.


11 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:04 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9
THis has hollywood movie written all over it.

Attack of the Psycho Killer Raccoons

12 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:08 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Hydroshock

AR-15


13 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:14 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: Red Badger

You asked for it..................

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/


14 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:25 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Red Badger

I knew you were involved!


15 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:40 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9

Some racoons just need killin'.


16 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:42 AM PDT by GBA
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To: LIConFem
Damn'd racoonofacists!

Definitely Bush's fault.

17 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:57 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
The Nazi Racoons are here!


18 posted on 08/22/2006 8:05:41 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: COEXERJ145

I think terrorism is involved, personally.

;)


19 posted on 08/22/2006 8:05:53 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9

Nah, Iran!


20 posted on 08/22/2006 8:06:19 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh; RosieCotton; RMDupree

Raccoons gone bad.


21 posted on 08/22/2006 8:06:32 AM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1600 knives and counting!)
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To: Calpernia
The Iranians implanted VeriChip mind control devices in the raccoons.
22 posted on 08/22/2006 8:06:37 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: commish

I smell a made-for-the SciFi Channel film here!


23 posted on 08/22/2006 8:06:47 AM PDT by TheBigB (And ON the 8th day, HE spaketh and said, "Letteth there BE more cowbell!" And it was good.)
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To: presidio9
The answer is a gun folks....OOOh, this is liberal Washington. Let's all hold hands and sing kumbaya...


This trapper used anti-freeze when pack rats took a run at my place (killed all four....whooohooo no more clean up of recreation property)
24 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:04 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: COEXERJ145

And behaviors are controlled by Rove's weather machine :)


25 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:19 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9

This sooo sounds like the trailer to the next teen horror flick.

Killer Urban Raccoons! They aren't afraid. Their once cute kits are a new breed. This year, things changed. They went nuts. They aren't afraid. They are in command.


26 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:20 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Slings and Arrows

27 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:43 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: presidio9
Meanwhile, residents have hired Tom Brown, a nuisance wildlife control operator from Rochester, Washington, to set traps, but in six weeks he has caught only one raccoon.

Traps my a**. A bright light, some responsible hunters, some 20 ga shotguns, some good dogs, bingo! problem solved!

28 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:46 AM PDT by China Clipper
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To: Calpernia

The picture of this that keeps going through my head...LOL


29 posted on 08/22/2006 8:07:56 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: presidio9
""They're urban raccoons, and they're not afraid."..

Oh yeah? Fear THIS!

30 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:12 AM PDT by labette
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To: Calpernia

Yep, they had to find a new use for the weather machine as it has the hurricane software has been down lately.


31 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:22 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: Issaquahking
This trapper used anti-freeze

That's a really lousy way to kill a dog.

32 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:41 AM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1600 knives and counting!)
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To: Calpernia; ecurbh; Ramius; RMDupree; andysandmikesmom; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; 88keys; ...
Heh... this is my home town. I've not seen any raccoons lately. But the woman quoted about raccoons just being cute and cuddly is an idiot. Raccoons are a wild animal and they scrap for a living. If threatened I think they could do some damage to even a sizeable dog. If one has pets, one should never feed or encourage raccoons to hang around.

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

33 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:42 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Qu'est-ce que c'est?

You beat me to it.

34 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:50 AM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Red Badger

35 posted on 08/22/2006 8:08:54 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: Calpernia

Well, I do pilfer dumpsters from time to time..........


36 posted on 08/22/2006 8:09:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: presidio9

One of my cats spent a few weeks of her kittenhood living in a cage with a young racoon! A friend of mine had found them both but only had one cage. The racoon liked to suck on the kitten's ears and tail!


37 posted on 08/22/2006 8:09:44 AM PDT by Americanchild (..and deliver us all from Islam! Amen!)
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To: presidio9

Shoot. Shovel. Shut up.


38 posted on 08/22/2006 8:10:12 AM PDT by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: presidio9; sionnsar
Olympia is a VERY liberal town (I live there) in the style of Madison Wisc., Eugene OR and Berkley.

It will be fun to see the pet owners vs tree huggers settle this one (I'd use a .45, personally).

39 posted on 08/22/2006 8:10:27 AM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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To: shag377
3.) Put in large roaster.

How do I get the roaster into the raccoon?...........

40 posted on 08/22/2006 8:10:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: presidio9
"Psycho Killer Racoons"... regardless of whatever this article is about, this would make an excellent name for a rock band.</DaveBarry>
41 posted on 08/22/2006 8:11:16 AM PDT by kevkrom (War is not about proportionality. Knitting is about proportionality. War is about winning.)
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To: RockinRight

Who dat?.......


42 posted on 08/22/2006 8:11:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Shyla

It definitely has potential for those good with photoshop!


43 posted on 08/22/2006 8:11:37 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9
Even our dogs aren't safe from these animals!!!


44 posted on 08/22/2006 8:12:15 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan (Forgive this one naughty post!)
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To: Abathar
Just another case of people treating wild animals as pets to the point they have lost their fear of humans. Now they are running the show while the humans fret over their hurt feelings that the raccoons don't "like" them anymore and are treating their pets as din, din.

I would recommend consulting Mr. Browning, Mossberg, Winchester or Remington on the matter at hand.
45 posted on 08/22/2006 8:12:22 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Ramius

I've actually wondered in the past why I ~haven't~ seen raccoons here, they could certainly find food and mischief in the barn. Could be the dogs keep them wary enough, could be the pack of coyotes in the back forty.


46 posted on 08/22/2006 8:12:24 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: COEXERJ145

The machine is still set for global warming.

Patches will be available for download soon!


47 posted on 08/22/2006 8:12:52 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9
Brother Maynard, we'll need a few dozen of these...


48 posted on 08/22/2006 8:13:17 AM PDT by rock_lobsta (cair = hamas = iran = EVIL)
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To: Issaquahking

No joke.

Whimpering, whining, hand wringing, liberal, government dependent citizens of Olympia, Washington.

Urbanites are an amusing culture. Anywhere else, the coons would just go away, and neighbors would wink at each other and nod. Just break a bag of Purina dog chow in the middle of the back yard and assemble the jury on the back porch. No problem.


49 posted on 08/22/2006 8:13:48 AM PDT by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: Calpernia
Patches will be available for download soon!

And then the Bush-Rove Hurricane Generatortm Version 3.0 will be operational.

50 posted on 08/22/2006 8:13:54 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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