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Maybe We Should Send Them to Edgemont Park

Montclair may be losing its battle against geese, but it has its rabid raccoon infestations firmly in hand. Reader Perry Schaffer reports that about 6:15 on Saturday night, Montclair cops coolly dispatched a rabid raccoon on Marquette Road with about six gunshots.

September 11, 2005 in Wildlife | Permalink


According to Howard Dean, the raccoon infestation is a direct result of Pres. Bush's Iraq policies...film at 11:00

Posted by: john l. | Sep 11, 2005 8:02:33 AM

How'd they know it was rabid? I thought you had to do an autopsy to determine that. Is this the first "rabid" racoon in Montclair?

Personally, I think the cannons and lasers from Edgemont Park drove the Raccoon nuts.

Posted by: carya | Sep 11, 2005 8:22:24 AM

If it took them six shots to kill a raccoon, I would suggest a little more time on the practice range.

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Sep 11, 2005 9:42:22 AM

Man that must have been some tough, mean ring-tailed roarer of a Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal-like raccoon.

Posted by: cathar | Sep 11, 2005 11:10:47 AM

well when your trying to hit it in the leg what do u expect

Posted by: cstarling | Sep 11, 2005 1:07:10 PM

Did they actually hit it and kill it?

Or a more relaistic scenario -- They wounded it, called PAWS, and waited the mandatory 8 hours for them come to collect the body while it writhed in agony.

Posted by: exit_151 | Sep 11, 2005 2:45:10 PM

Maybe it was reaching for its wallet.

Posted by: Notteham | Sep 11, 2005 5:35:38 PM

Dear Notteham ....

You are GOOD! You keep us thinking, and entertained! Do you do this for a living?

Posted by: Carya | Sep 11, 2005 7:00:58 PM

I cannot imagine that any raccoon even hit once by a 9mm round ever writhed in agony. But it definitely does not do the Montclair PD credit IF the story is true that it took them six tries.

Posted by: cathar | Sep 11, 2005 8:33:24 PM

while it is fun to jest-we don't know the circumastances-and in fairness to the police-the record not fully available to us-judement should be reserved until all reports are in-the center of mass is much bigger in a human-a rabid racoon has a much smaller group of vital oragins-but a long and slim body (unfortuantely u may recall numerous shootings of dogs where officers had to use much more force when they are in attack mode-it also was a sick racoon which may have made the attempts harder-since they don't listen to commands nor understand the threat-a bullet of nine mill capabilty will fly through it's skin and wound the animal but not keep it from attempting to attack-fear of rabies my have kept the officers at a distance- so while i say it makes for fun fodder...until we know the full story-it is best not to jump to conclusions. which i know is diffcult for this group.

Posted by: cstarling | Sep 11, 2005 8:52:16 PM

and as for the wallet comment it was in bad taste- but then again -coming from who it has good taste seems to illude them--what seems funny at first has many disturbing overtones-including jesting a bout an innocent man shot-who has a family missing a son-you were outraged in one post of the sterile posting of your friends names yet two minutes later you found it amusing to bring a dead man's controversy to the table in jest.

Posted by: cstarling | Sep 11, 2005 9:01:22 PM

Coincidentally, today's Star Ledger carried inserts from Cabela's and Dicks Sporting Goods offering rifles, high-precision bows and game grinders to the sports hunters of Montclair. I question what part of hunting is like sports. In sports, both sides are supposed to have an equal chance of winning. Yankees and Red Sox. Eagles and Giants. They have similar equipment and skills. Now if a deer or duck had a high-powered rifle and could shoot back at the hunter, it might be sport...not one-sided slaughter. Maybe Dicks Sporting Goods should change its name to Dicks Animal Exterminators.

Posted by: LVerve | Sep 11, 2005 10:47:24 PM

There was an article today in the Star Ledger about some "poor" bow hunter who missed hitting a bear. The bear then became very upset and chased the hunter for a half mile until the hunter reached a road and was rescued.

Nature gets even!


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