Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Raccoons from an abandoned apartment building have invaded row houses in Jamaica

 Eyewitness News

Neighbors in Queens are furious after they say raccoons have moved into their shared attics and are wreaking havoc in their walls.
Residents say they can hear the critters fighting and scratching every night all because of the abandoned home in the 10400 block of 164th Street.

NewsCopter 7 flew overhead on Tuesday afternoon where it could be seen that the back door was wide open. An overgrown tree in the backyard also appeared to provide a path right up to the roof where there are more openings.

Rhonda Scott said she has repeatedly called the city for help, but says she was told it's her responsibility because they're in her house now.

So she hired a private company to remove the raccoons and paid hundreds of dollars out of her own pocket.

One was caught on Easter and another was caught Tuesday. They are believed to be diseased, but expert John Vazquez does not suspect it to be rabies.

"It's kind of like an Alzheimer's thing, it affects their brains, so it's a distemper," said Vazquez with Hunters Wildlife Removal.

Amry Conliff complains the raccoons have driven out any potential rental income from his home.

"I can't put someone to live in a house when it sounds like it's a fight in the walls," Conliff said. "Who is going to rent property like that?"

It's not clear who owns the abandoned property, but it is clear that no one is fixing it. And even worse -- it's now breeding season.


Anonymous said...

"Shared" actics? No such thing. It means there's a hole there that needs to be fixed. Keep your house in order and repaired and nothing gets in. Let your house fall to shit and this happens. Period.

Anonymous said...

Folks think birds in the attic is cute, then the squirrels move in to eat the birds, then the raccoons eat the squirrels.

TommyR said...

Only winners here are the extermination and trapping services. Not much neighbors can do about an abandoned property that becomes a home to critters, sadly, but lodge complaints. Many, many complaints.

Anonymous said...

Jamaica: The "Hot" neighborhood of NYC. According to you know who.

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA. Jamaica still proves to be shitty, even though it was listed as the "hot" hood" a few years back. It is a shit hole, just like most of NYC.