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Raccoon attacks girl, 6, as she plays with friends
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Posted on 06/10/2002 8:41:48 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan

Raccoon attacks girl, 6, as she plays with friends

The Associated Press
6/10/02 5:40 PM

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A raccoon attacked a 6-year-old girl in front of several friends, biting her 10 times after jumping on her back.

Samantha Ortiz of Georgetown Township, which is near Jenison in eastern Ottawa County, was walking on a bicycle trail with five friends about 6:30 p.m. Friday when she looked back and saw the raccoon.

She said she moved to the side of the trail to let the animal pass, but it jumped on her back and started biting.

"I put my hand down and it was biting me. It was growling like a dog and biting me all over," Samantha told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Monday. "Maybe he smelled chicken 'cause I didn't wash my hands after I ate."

Samantha said she was scared because her friends ran away when the raccoon attacked.

"I didn't know if it was going to kill me," she said.

When the animal tried to bite her toes, the girl said she put one of her friend's bikes on top of the raccoon and ran home.

Her mother, Dee Cardero, said she was hysterical when she heard Samantha screaming.

"I ran and opened the front door and saw blood all over her," Cardero said.

Samantha had bites on her hands, arms and legs. She was treated at Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital, where she received rabies shots in the area of each bite.

The series of shots will continue for a month, her parents said.


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These bandit faces may be 'cute' but they are some of the meanest animals out there and frequently are rabid. My parents have coons living under their deck. I'll be passing this article on to them.

I wouldn't wish rabies shots on anyone.

1 posted on 06/10/2002 8:41:49 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: rintense ; GoredinMich
Ottawa County Ping
2 posted on 06/10/2002 8:42:31 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan
Raccoons are not cute and cuddly, they are furry Freddie Kreugers. The only thing they are useful for is headwear.
3 posted on 06/10/2002 8:44:00 PM PDT by Commander8
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To: Dan from Michigan
Raccoons may be mean, but not FREAKY mean. This one sounds rabid. I hope the little girl turns out ok. Sounds like she kept her composure really well.
4 posted on 06/10/2002 8:45:01 PM PDT by Snuffington
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To: Commander8
I may need to get me a .22.......
5 posted on 06/10/2002 8:48:56 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan
There's a puppet shop in my local mall that has one "puppet" which is a shiny silver trash can. Inside the can is a raccoon that you can make pop in and out...I told my kids "that's about all raccoons are about". I'm sure they serve a purpose in God's wilderness, but not around people. I don't find them cute...they are ravenous, clever garbage raiders! Poor child to have to get all those shots...the critter probably DID have rabies. Too bad they haven't yet developed a simple blood test to check humans for exposure, since the raccoon got away.
6 posted on 06/10/2002 8:51:41 PM PDT by lsee
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To: Dan from Michigan
So someone might say."A racoon once bit my sister."
7 posted on 06/10/2002 8:55:01 PM PDT by Turtleman
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To: Snuffington
I had raccoons as pets ...they are far from mean ...a little testy at times maybe...I agree this one was sick
8 posted on 06/10/2002 8:55:38 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Dan from Michigan
Definitely a rabid one.

I've had several encounters with coons, and unless you corner them or try to pet/touch them, they'll simply slink away, looking over their shoulder at you the whole way.

I once ran outside to throw out the trash at night and surprised a HUGE one (30-36 inches long, PLUS tail) in the open-air shed where we keep the cans. He was cornered, and I knew that was bad, but he froze, and I backed out of there slowly, and he climbed the gate on the other side and took off.

9 posted on 06/10/2002 8:56:07 PM PDT by Henchster
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To: Dan from Michigan
Weird. I guess they never really found out whether the racoon was rabid or not. It sounds like they're not taking any chances, I wouldn't either.
10 posted on 06/10/2002 8:59:06 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: woofie
No doubt, this one had to be sick and probably rabid.
11 posted on 06/10/2002 9:00:16 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Dan from Michigan
A coon walked right up to our patio door on Wednesday at about 9:00 am, and looked into our family room. Then, he ran under our deck. Saturday morning, my boy was on the deck and the little bastard hissed at him from below.

I'm taking that coon out asap!

12 posted on 06/10/2002 9:03:08 PM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: Dan from Michigan
Time to outlaw raccoons!
13 posted on 06/10/2002 9:07:58 PM PDT by Henrietta
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To: Henchster
I had several of them on my roof one night, ripping off the shingles to get in the attic. I went out and tried to throw rocks at them and scare them off.

The largest one ran down and threatened to jump down on me, I went inside and came back with a .22 and plugged him.

He screamed like a dying woman for about 15 minutes, all neighbor's lights came on, (I live in town) cops were called, searched the neighborhood with spotlights, I stayed hid 'til daylight, buried coon in flower planter.

Close call!

14 posted on 06/10/2002 9:08:34 PM PDT by Howie
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To: Kryptonite
Try Colibri .22 ammo. It's super quiet so as not to alarm the neighbors. Has primer only; very low power so as not to kill the neighbors.
15 posted on 06/10/2002 9:10:12 PM PDT by Henrietta
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To: Kryptonite
Take care of it. We live in a residential wooded area, and we had a racoon 2 years ago that was hissing at children on their way to school. Animal control took care of the little darling right away.
16 posted on 06/10/2002 9:12:54 PM PDT by pubmom
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To: Kryptonite
Lock 'n' load!
17 posted on 06/10/2002 9:13:51 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Dan from Michigan
Raccoons aren't mean the're just pests. The one that attacked the girl was not normal. The're fairly docile unless hungry or sick. They are omnivores and will eat just about anything but won't normally go after anything bigger than themselves.

They do love chicken and if I catch any around my chicken coop, the're buzzard food.

18 posted on 06/10/2002 9:14:14 PM PDT by eggman
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To: Dan from Michigan

19 posted on 06/10/2002 9:14:18 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Dan from Michigan
My sister and her husband walk every night along a trail at the base of the mountain. It is close to town and a frequently used path. One night on their way up, they were surprised by a 'coon that jumped out of the bushes. They hurried on past, but worried because they had to pass that way again to return home.

After reaching the turn-around point, they started back toward home. It was past dusk and they could just make out the trail ahead. As they approached the area where they had seen the racoon, they watched carefully to avoid the animal. All of the sudden they heard some bushes move behind them, then scurrying feet. They were a little concerned about this unseen nemesis, and quickened their pace. To no avail. They could tell that the animal was coming up quickly, though they couldn't see it in the darkness. Both of them broke into a run, with the coon close behind. They came out onto the road, and scurried home, breathless and relieved that they had got away from that terrible, stalking coon.

20 posted on 06/10/2002 9:14:44 PM PDT by UnsinkableMollyBrown
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To: woofie
I had raccoons as pets ...they are far from mean ...a little testy at times maybe...I agree this one was sick

They have to be caught very very young to be tamed. A wild coon once it looses the fear of humans can be quite a problem. They will if hungry challange you. Also in the spring where's there's one look for more of them. Coons generally stay together till at least half grown with mamma. It's best not to leave such things as dog food out overnight though they as likely will show up at noon just as they will at night. I shot three one morning two years ago in my front yard. They stood there and looked at me till I shot. Even shocking them with an electric fence for cattle didn't deter them. Only a bullet would suffice. Best to use a shotgun as they likely will be running.

I also helped some friends capture a live half grown coon about 25 years ago. It is an animal you don't want to mess with. If anybodies ever seen a dog tore up by one you'll understand the damage they can do. The coon that bit the kid may or may not have been rabid.

21 posted on 06/10/2002 9:16:46 PM PDT by cva66snipe
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To: Dan from Michigan
They can be very mean. Have you ever seen a dog that tangled with a coon? I have. It looked line someone tried to peel the dog's head. Also, if they get a dog in the water, they very often will drown the dog.
22 posted on 06/10/2002 9:25:26 PM PDT by Pushi
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To: Turtleman
I bet she will wash her hands the next time she eats chicken.
23 posted on 06/10/2002 9:29:46 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Dan from Michigan
Many years ago I was assaulted in the late evening by a gang of about a dozen raccoons while up around Bend, Oregon. Let me tell you, it was really freaky when a gang of those things decided to wander up to me chattering. Fortunately for me, I got nervous when they started following me and picked up a large, heavy stick. When about half of them decided to move into my personal space I walloped the crap out of them and they ran off. Fortunately for me, I came out mostly unscathed (it was icy out, so I was wearing heavy clothes).

It was the weirdest thing, and I wouldn't have believed it if it didn't actually happen to me. Ever since, I've kind of held a vendetta against those buggers.

24 posted on 06/10/2002 9:35:01 PM PDT by tortoise
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To: Dan from Michigan; all
This morning at 4am I heard a noise in the kitchen, like a glass tipping over on the counter.

So I went downstairs, and what is in the kitchen window but a huge racoon?!

He had ripped the screen off and was lugging a loaf of bread out with him.

I yelled "Get! Get!" as loud as I could as he dropped the bread and ran, but the bread was ruined.

The screen was fine, but you can bet we'll be closing the windows - we haven't here for almost 50 years- from now on...

I halfway believe these little devils are rising up against us...

25 posted on 06/10/2002 9:39:28 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: woofie
Well a neighbor had a raccoon for a pet.. One day the mom went in the backyard where the raccoon was.. started to pet it and it attacked her!! Out of the blue.. bit her badly on the hand and arm.. to the bone!! We had to rush her to the emergency room!!
26 posted on 06/10/2002 9:45:02 PM PDT by Zipporah
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To: Howie
You should have hit that varmint with something more lethal....

Now, the neighbors MAY call the police saying there was a HUGE EXPLOSION next door, but when the police show up, and you have it already locked up in the safe, you can say "What explosion? Oh, her? She's in the sauce again."

27 posted on 06/10/2002 9:50:10 PM PDT by Henchster
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To: IncPen
I'd rather have a coon in the house than a skunk. Neighbors were not fortunate. Skunks use to sneak on their porch and eat the dog food. One day they left the screen door open and a huge skunk got in the house. Well, the dog was the first to see it in the living room. The dog went ape sh*t and you can guess what happened next.

Myself, I'd of torched my house at that point, but they treated furniture/carpets for months.

Give me a racoon any day.

28 posted on 06/10/2002 9:58:12 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Dan from Michigan
Wonder if the word "coon" is legal in Idaho.
29 posted on 06/10/2002 10:16:14 PM PDT by RWCon
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To: Dan from Michigan
Racoon bump.
30 posted on 06/11/2002 5:24:50 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Dan from Michigan
This animal had to be rabid. Most Raccoons in the wild avoid people.
31 posted on 06/11/2002 5:31:15 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Henrietta
"Time to outlaw raccoons!"

Destructor wringing his hands: "That's right! If it saves just one child isn't it worth it?"

32 posted on 06/11/2002 5:34:12 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Commander8
The only thing they are useful for is headwear.

Target practice.

33 posted on 06/11/2002 5:37:26 AM PDT by LoneGOPinCT
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To: Dan from Michigan
Rabies is common, but is more rare in coons than skunks in Michigan. The shots are a good precaution, and as silly as it sounds, I do believe the smell of chicken on the girl may have had something to do with it.

Yes, I admit it. I had a raccoon that visited my deck regularly. She started eating the cat food I had out there, so I gave her crackers and grapes. She also started eating out of my hand. Yeah, yeah... I know... you don't have to say what's already been said a thousand times! Sadly, she was hit by a car last summer. Now possums, on the other hand, are the devil's minions. ;)

34 posted on 06/11/2002 5:38:44 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Henrietta
Time to outlaw raccoons!

When racoons are outlawed, only outlaws will have racoons.

35 posted on 06/11/2002 5:39:30 AM PDT by LoneGOPinCT
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To: Commander8
I had one for a pet as a kid. This one; was it wild or tame? raised from a pup? Sad news for the kid.
36 posted on 06/11/2002 5:44:06 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Dan from Michigan
Sometimes a coon can be hard to put down with a .22, I learned that the hard way a while back. If you use one get CCI Stinger hollow points, they pack more of a punch.
37 posted on 06/11/2002 5:50:06 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: Howie
They make good compost. They get in my garage to go after the cat food. I sic the dog on them.
38 posted on 06/11/2002 5:53:01 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Dan from Michigan
Poor little girl, nice of her friends to run away. So much has been lost as far as knowledge passed down because we live in Suburbia.

When I was little I was told if I even saw an animal in my ramblings that most likely it was rabid or it would never have allowed me to see it at all. I always carried a sling shot, it can have any kind of power you need, from killing something to running off pesky boys.=o)

39 posted on 06/11/2002 5:53:33 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Dan from Michigan
My dad was a trapper for many years and taught me that wild animals like skunks, raccoons, fox, badger, etc. are all nocturnal and if you see one wandering around in the daylight it is almost certainly rabid.

My dad hated Disney for portraying wild creatures as docile, friendly humans in fur coats. He loved the outdoors and felt that wild animals and their habitats should be protected, so they can be culled. Human contact with wild animals is never good for the animals and seldom good for the people.

40 posted on 06/11/2002 5:58:21 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Pushi
"Have you ever seen a dog that tangled with a coon? "

Yes. Not pretty.

As a kid I lived in a neighborhood where, on one side of me there was a man with a pet coon and on the other side was a family with a coon-dog.
The dog owners were always taunting the "coon" neighbor - telling him to make sure that his coon didn't wander out into the yard cause ol' Duke would "have him for breakfast."

One day, sure enough, I was playing out in my yard when I noticed the coon come out from under their bushes.
The coon-dog was across the street and when he saw the coon he immediately started running directly towards him.

I screamed and yelled and went runnng towards the coon - who was now stopped in his tracks watching the dog bear down on him.
I stopped running when the dog reached the coon.

In the blink of an eye, that coon was on the dog's back and his front claws reached around the neck of the dog.
He just peeled the dog wide open - the dog dropped like a rock. The coon continued on his way.

41 posted on 06/11/2002 12:24:06 PM PDT by ez2muz
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To: Dan from Michigan
Samantha said she was scared because her friends ran away when the raccoon attacked.

When I was six, me and my friends had each other’s backs.

These kids today are pansies.

42 posted on 06/11/2002 12:29:27 PM PDT by dead
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To: AppyPappy
Ive been live trapping for the past couple of months and have caught 2 possum, 3 cats and 1 coon. The cats I let go, the possum I drowned and the coon I released about a mile away.

Gonna start trapping again tonight. Whatever gets caught gets drowned.......;

Drowned? Yep, drop the cage in a 35 gallon cooler filled with water......

43 posted on 06/11/2002 5:08:09 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: UnsinkableMollyBrown
".....They were a little concerned about this unseen nemesis, and quickened their pace. To no avail. They could tell that the animal was coming up quickly, though they couldn't see it in the darkness. Both of them broke into a run, with the coon close behind. They came out onto the road, and scurried home, breathless and relieved that they had got away from that terrible, stalking coon."

Did they find a hook in the side of their car after they got home?

44 posted on 06/11/2002 5:18:17 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: ez2muz
I saw an episode of "Wild America" with Marty-something hosting.

They showed a racoon being attacked by a mountian lion.

That racoon instantly turned into a threshing machine, and in the blink of an eye, the mountiain lion was trying to get the hell away from the racoon, doing several 4-5 foot vertical leaps, and finally running a full speed to get away.

Pound for pound, there can't be many tougher animals.

45 posted on 06/11/2002 5:29:08 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: Destructor
Agreed that the animal was likely rabid. As others have said, we were taught (and we taught ours) that ANY wild animal that allows a human approach is dangerous, likely rabid. I don't care much for any of them around the yard, which is why we keep the yard dogs. Sure, they'd probably lose the fight, but the barking usually runs them off.

A newcomer to our area (in the last 20 years or so) is the armadillo. I'd never seen one close up until one night the dogs went wild--we saw it, trying to dig under the foundation of the house. It turned at the flashlight, and gave the ugliest, most blood-curdling growling snarl...Hub shot it, put on rubber gloves, and took it "away."

Another newcomer in the past 10 years are the black bears (they're cinnamon colored, not sure exactly what their name is, but everyone around here calls them "black bears." They'll eat anything edible around the place, feed, etc., but seem more shy than coons or possums.

46 posted on 06/11/2002 5:44:32 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Dan from Michigan
Thanks for the post.. this thread has some really interesting responses!
47 posted on 06/11/2002 5:57:22 PM PDT by AM2000
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To: zcat
Why? If you're not doing it for the fur what's the point.

Now a coon will drown a dog just like that, will climb right on top of their head.

48 posted on 06/11/2002 6:07:59 PM PDT by tet68
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To: HighWheeler
ROFL.

We have a racoon right now that knocks over the rubbermaid cans, looking for old cat food cans. He comes through the pet flap in the middle of the night... last year it was a pair of them. I already have rabies shots (from a bat encounter,) so I am the one who has to get up and chase the thing off.

49 posted on 06/11/2002 6:16:54 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: ko_kyi
Hubby hunts coon he's out right now with the dogs,he's always told us to beware any nighttime creatures out wandering during the day. The skins are'nt worth much anymore but the farmers appreciate him if he can take some out. As for the dogs tangling with the coon they like to work as a pack when they can to grab that rascal cause coons are mean they are mean as h*ll. He traps one every now and then down by the creek and brings it home for the pups to smell. Those coons will growel and hiss and I have seen the pups wet themselves the first time they see one up close.
50 posted on 06/11/2002 6:18:01 PM PDT by linn37
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