Certainly all of us in the Greenwood Heights vicinity have had our share of encounters (or been told stores from friends/neighbors) with our furry tailed friends of the night. Well, it’s that time of the year again. While the raccoon population has already been active this summer, due to the mild winter, warm spring and hot (!) summer, they seem to be out in packs. Here’s a few good (well, not so good for us) shot’s from last night’s fiesta at 4:00am on 23rd St.
Due to the proximity to Green-Wood and Prospect Park, and the higher density of folks in the neighborhood, we have created a perfect environment for these critters.
As we have learned over the years, there’s little or nothing an average citizen can do. NYC Animal Control will not trap “part of the local flora and fauna” unless the animal looks diseased (then they tell you to call 911!). So folks are left to deal with the mess, smell, noise and of course, disease issues (round worm, rabies, mites, fleas, etc.). Unfortunately the only “legal” way to deal with the issues is to hire a professional trapper. Some of you may remember this from two years ago (and $2,000 later) here, here, here, or here.
So, where does this leave us? Trapping? Putting up deterrents? Or just dealing?
My suggestion to the group is to begin a letter writing campaign to the City, via our City Council members and other local elected officials. There was an attempt to put a bill on the floor of the Council two years ago by an elected from Queens. Why not try to do it again?
For those who are interested in pursuing this option, post to the CCGH newsgroup or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, double bag your trash, be ready for the late night raids and morning clean ups.