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I thought that racoons were nocturnal

Category: Potpourri | Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:11 pm

When I was off picking up my youngest at her school several parents and I saw this racoon dart out from the woods and 'trot' all around the school. The garage to the main school house was open and it went inside. One of the moms decided she was going to head over to the door and give a heads up to the teacher before the little ones were dismissed for the day. She was about half way there when this thing came running towards her! She made it back to her car and the racoon turned and headed towards the front of the building. We lost sight of it and a few moments later and then school was let out. This racoon didnt look particularly mangy, but it didn't look like a mom racoon either hunting for food. We were all a bit nervous for all the little ones as well as any parents who didn't see and were just arriving; some got out of their cars. Some of us yelled over to those newly arrived and told them to be on the lookout, but that racoon never came back.

I have had rabid racoons in our backyard and called the police. They have come and 'shot and taken away' these racoons for testing. It was always positive. This racoon did not look like the ones I have seen in the past. It was just kinda freaky to see this animal trotting along the other day especially near the school.

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toni wrote on Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:50 pm:

Raccoons do come out during the day to forage for food if they have small ones in the den. So being out during the day doesn't necessarily mean they are rabid, but they are wild animals and the possibility is there. Raccoon mate in winter but the babies aren't born until spring so January in Ct. is a little early for a Mom to be feeding kits.

I would go ahead and call animal control or the police so they can set out traps and warn the teachers and students to be on the lookout when they are outside.

cheerz2you wrote on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:12 pm:

I think one of the moms gave the teacher the news about that racoon yesterday. I don't know if they called animal control, but they would be foolish not too with all the kids there. My worry was the garage door being opened! Long ago when I was a tot, my grandparents had a racoon that gave birth in their garage!! They rarely used the garage since their car was outside and inside was full of tools etc... but they could not get inside I remember. I was too little to remember exactly what happened after that but do remember them lifting me up to see the mom and babies and the mom hissing at me through the window. That left an impression!


Droopy wrote on Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:43 pm:

I hope that raccoon is caught and moved somewhere out of the way of humans. Wildlife's not supposed to live in garages, especially when they're so brazen as your school raccoon seems to be.


glendann wrote on Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:03 pm:

It sounds like that racoon may have been raised as a pet and turned loose.They will come to humans for food as thats all they know to do.
They remeber who took care of them.I would have him captured and moved.


SongofJoy57 wrote on Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:30 am:

I think I would have been afraid too . . . with it running towards a human doesn't seem like a good sign to me.


kuntrygal wrote on Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:10 am:

The fact the racoon came out of the garage, running towards someone doesn't sound good. Whether it looked rabid or not, it still could be. Best to call Animal Control for a trap!


CritterPainter wrote on Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:01 am:

I agree, the "running toward" someone part is a red flag to me- either there is something, like a potential nest site, in the garage she's defending, or something else is very wrong. Ex-pets will usually sit up and beg if they see people, try to endear themselves. This little critter needs to be moved. They are becoming extremely agressive in some areas...

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