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Raccoons in the Big Apple
Case in point: A bill has been introduced in New York that would require the city to trap raccoons upon request in any of the five boroughs. "People have been calling my office complaining that they have been seeing a lot of raccoons," said councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the originator of the bill. Dozens of raccoons trapped in Central Park tested positive for rabies, a sure sign of an unhealthy overpopulation of the critters. One wildlife specialist, Bobby Horvath, basically called it a losing battle: "They are in the city, and you have to learn to live with them. They will have less contact with us if we don't invite them." The full story is available here and also at the Camo Underground.
This year on your 'coon line try getting permission to scout and trap a few wooded lots in suburban areas. The owners will probably be more than happy to have some raccoons removed from the area, and chances are you'll find a few little hot spots with big, concentrated populations. You'll also be providing a valuable service to your community, even if your only reward is your fur check.
Edited to add: Raccoons aren't the only problem in NYC. Two more coyote attacks were recently reported in the suburbs. Read the story here.