Pet Raccoons?

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    Ms. Sparkles

    In the last few weeks I’ve walked past a house on the East side of 44th Ave about a 1/2 a block north of Spokane St. at night. All 3 times I’ve walked passed I’ve seen 3 large raccoons on the front porch of the house & the last time (last night) I saw a small dog in the house that wasn’t barking… even with raccoons just feet away from him just outside the front door. Just made me curious if these raccoons are welcome additions at this house, and how the raccoons react when the home owner uses their front door. Anyone?



    No. Just no. Raccoons are giant rodents. Not pets.



    Raccoons are not rodents and there are people that have them as pets.

    That said…they are nasty and pernicious critters. They are clever and persistent and their poop contains some nasty bacteria and parasites.



    It sounds like the resident of this house is putting out food, but we don’t know if it’s for the raccoons or some other animal (like an outdoor cat). Either way, it’s a bad idea. Raccoons can be aggressive, and encouraging them to associate people with food can end badly for all concerned. Leaving out food is likely to attract rats, which would be a greater concern. I love raccoons, but wild animals should be treated with respect – and distance.

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