August 09, 2011
Recently, I was having my lunch in the park, and I was approached by a masked marauder sneaking stealthily through the picnic tables and trash cans. As he came closer, I realized that this foxy, cunning creature was no fox at all, but a raccoon! I found it odd that the usually nocturnal Procyon lotor or Northern Raccoon was out and about in the daylight until I read a recent article in the Lee’s Summit Journal describing my new forest friend’s recent return to the big city’s parks and neighborhoods.
According to the Journal, many raccoons and their small animal accomplices have been venturing into more urban areas to escape the excessive heat and find more convenient places to spend happy hour like your dog’s water dish or your mother’s ornamental bird bath. Although these opportune watering holes are easy to access, the raccoons and their wild associates are causing some havoc, helping themselves to fresh veggies from backyard gardens and taking cool naps under decks. So, for now, Mr. Raccoon and his cohorts are just trying to get out of the heat like anyone else. But if they become a nuisance, you can always contact Lee’s Summit Animal Control, and let the boys in blue handle the situation.
For more information on our new, feisty four-footed friends, do some research through MCPL’s Science Research Databases.
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