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Roaming Raccoons Show No Fear Of
Humans In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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Posted By: konocti95, 9/24/2020 4:23:18 PM

Normally, raccoons are nocturnal, skittish and shy animals. But not the ones we spotted in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and animal control officials say people have only themselves to blame. Resident Heather Buren recently was walking her dog at the park when she was surrounded by aggressive raccoons that hissed and lunged at her. Her had dog slipped out of its collar, so she fought back. “One of the raccoons started coming out of the bridge and started coming at us,” said Buren. “I was able to take this [leash] and I started swinging, and so there were

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 9/24/2020 4:26:20 PM (No. 551275)
So you need bear spray in CA for 2 legged animals and raccoons. (Given a real weapon is not available to law-abiding people in CA.)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: coyote 9/24/2020 4:28:28 PM (No. 551278)
Even a pellet gun would put a little skittishness back into them.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: konocti95 9/24/2020 4:28:30 PM (No. 551279)
Willard Stiles was unavailable for comment....but Ben was organizing a protest against the new interlopers. At least it's not as bad as the cockroach that ate Cincinnati.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Avanti1 9/24/2020 4:32:41 PM (No. 551287)
That's a lot of coonskin hats!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: LadyHen 9/24/2020 4:43:23 PM (No. 551298)
In my part of the country when raccoons behave like this, we immediately think rabies. An early lesson as a kid in the country is if an animal is acting more tame, less fearful, and more agressive, stay away and call animal control. We have tons of raccoons here. They and the possums come out at night and finish off any leftovers the community cats leave in their dish. They may not scatter at the first sign of you but the tuck tail and run pretty fast once you move towards them.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball 9/24/2020 4:56:56 PM (No. 551305)
Coons in the park at night are downright scary.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: watashiyo 9/24/2020 5:04:13 PM (No. 551312)
Even the raccoons(scavengers) are coming out to join the BLM.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: snakeoil 9/24/2020 5:10:46 PM (No. 551314)
Article refers to a "had dog." What kind of beast is that. Give the coons a map to Nancy Pelosi's ice cream vault.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 9/24/2020 5:40:18 PM (No. 551327)
Would anyone vacation there now...other than gay men? I wonder what their tourism income is, compared to 10 years ago?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney 9/24/2020 5:43:06 PM (No. 551329)
I like the raccoons better than the people that are elected from, and are running SF. SF would be better off with the raccoons in charge.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Vesicant 9/24/2020 5:49:55 PM (No. 551333)
Raccoons don't like it when you interrupt them filling out their Democrat mail-in ballots.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Citoyen 9/24/2020 7:05:35 PM (No. 551368)
As a resident of San Francisco since 1973 I'm happy to report that income from tourism has been fantastic. Much better than it was 10 years ago. Needless to say the Chinese flu put an end to the money train and it appears that Mayor Breed, the Board of Supervisors and Governor Newsom are intent on making sure any rebound is far in the future. Years ago I read a book entitled Left Coast City that reported favorably on the coming left-wing takeover of the city..One point in the book, however, argues against the decline of San Francisco. With its natural beauty, great climate, central location and it being the most beautiful city in the country it will take more than an epidemic or brain-dead politicians to finish it off.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Miss Ann Thrope 9/24/2020 7:07:02 PM (No. 551372)
Where's Davy Crockett?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hazymac 9/24/2020 7:10:35 PM (No. 551375)
Two bird feeders in a friend's yard became attractions for a family of raccoons, which would deplete the bird seeds daily. Eventually, he had to resort to sterner measures, and faced the masked bandits with a fairly expensive starter's pistol. It was after dark and four raccoons were on or around the main feeder. My friend walked outside, pointed the pistol at the largest raccoon, and pulled the trigger. A four foot flame--but nothing else--erupted from the end of the barrel and the report echoed around the neighborhood. Not quite .357 Magnum noise, but pretty impressive. The daddy raccoon didn't even flinch, looked up for a moment then continued chowing down. The rest of them also stayed. It was no use. The bird feeders went away, and so did the hungry visitors. But raccoons in San Francisco? As #5 reminds us, they can be rabid. Probably not, but it's possible. Reminds me of Robert Lowell's famous poem "Skunk Hour" (link below). Lowell's psychological picture ("...My mind's not right ... I myself am hell...") is an accurate reflection of Pelosi's San Francisco, a spiritually sick and dying place that was once one of America's greatest cities, represented in Congress by a octogenarian woman who is either stone insane or inhabited by a legion of demons. Maybe both. Whatever she is, she ain't right in the head. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47694/skunk-hour
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Reply 15 - Posted by: JHHolliday 9/24/2020 7:16:14 PM (No. 551382)
Actually raccoons aren’t that skittish. I can be on my deck smoking a cigar and they will come up within a few feet to scoff up the leftover cat food. If I stand up they will take off but be back in a few minutes. I have never seen one be aggressive.. I live in a small city but they seem to adapt quite well. They can also carry rabies unlike possums. Possums are very beneficial so please don’t kill them. Their main problem is that they look like giant rats
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Reply 16 - Posted by: rikkitikki 9/24/2020 7:20:11 PM (No. 551385)
In cities and suburbs, racoons are good for: rabies, holes in the soffit, fleas in the attic, and ripped and scattered garbage. Sure, they have a role to play in the wild, but they mix very poorly with humans in urban and suburban environments. They are smart, agile, very fast, omnivorous, and vicious when cornered...if you don't believe me, just try and pet one. I do not tolerate them on my properties. I use havahart traps and .22 cal longpoints as control measures.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: RuckusTom 9/24/2020 7:34:19 PM (No. 551402)
Compound crossbows would clean this up rather quickly.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: WI Cynic 9/24/2020 8:56:35 PM (No. 551452)
Racoons don't like paint balls, but they're hard to hit (maybe I'm just a bad shot). They also don't like it when you run electric fencing around the bird feeders.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: hershey 9/24/2020 8:59:47 PM (No. 551463)
Rabid or too much liberal kool aid?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: raphaela 9/24/2020 9:15:06 PM (No. 551491)
Our dog discovered a big raccoon in the bird sanctuary and he and the coon had a standoff. I don't like raccoons because they are the one wild animal in NC which almost always carries rabies. I did some research and found out that leaving food out of any kind draws them not only to the food but also to looking for a place to live nearby the food source (like sheds and attics). No thanks! The simplest method to rid myself of the threat to my dog was to bring in the bird feeders each night. It's a little extra work but I've not seen the raccoon again.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: 1976Ag 9/25/2020 12:25:15 AM (No. 551599)
"Gordon, you're a genius".
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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/25/2020 12:43:46 AM (No. 551608)
Not a fan of raccoons. In search of cat food, they ripped my porch screens and would walk around on the porch. A friend trapped two for me. In a cage they are fierce animals growling and showing teeth. I bought a BB pistol and they laughed at me. Fish and Wildlife refuse to pick them up. If you kill one, they will arrest you.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: anniebc 9/25/2020 1:38:20 AM (No. 551623)
More democrat voters.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 9/25/2020 2:38:57 AM (No. 551630)
We have a female and 3 babies who we put out cat food for each night. She isn’t tame but will stand on the steps 6 feet away from me as I feed her and her babies. They are soooo cute and never cause any damage! We love nature and wildlife! I don’t understand people who don’t?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 9/25/2020 1:48:59 PM (No. 552086)
I shot one rabid coon years ago when working on a farm. We have a family of them living on our country place in KS, hope they stay wild, we have no garbage out at all or pet food. Both attract them and they are way too smart and their hands are to agile for their own good, sadly. Never feed them, keep them wild and they are fine to see occasionally. If they start associating people with food, eventually you'll have to shoot them, unfortunately.
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