Thursday, August 11, 2011
From Fox 5:
Raccoons are taking over a neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. It's gotten so bad, some people who live there say they are afraid to leave their homes at night. To make matters worse, an empty lot in the neighborhood has become a haven for raccoons. Homeowners told Fox 5 the owner of the lot has neglected it for years.
Raccoons normally live in trees in the suburbs but recently they have been seen almost everywhere in New York City. A YouTube video shows a brazen one-strolling on a subway platform in the Bronx and then diving in the garbage for food.
Residents of the Glendale section of Queens have also complained about raccoons using backyard swimming pools as their personal watering holes, taunting residents and rummaging through garbage.
For anyone concerned about the raccoons, if a complaint comes in under the new bill, the city would be required to trap the animal, neuter it, and release it into the wild.
If you have a raccoon problem, call 311.