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This is Stephanie Nikon Raccoon with all the news that is worth the churr.

As we have not had a broadcast in almost a year, this will be a long newscast. The shiney down in the corner will help keep your attention though it.

Uggla takes home unusual new pet: Second baseman finds baby raccoon while playing golf

I must say meep for the poor thing. And yay for a player taking in the little guy. But unfortunately, if he turns the raccoon over to an animal shelter, the kit will be destroyed, because of the fear of rabies. My hope is that ballplayer takes the kit to a wildlife rehabilitator.


Uncapped chimneys pose danger for wildlife

As always. Us raccoons may be wonderful creatures, be we really don't get along with a human lifestyle sometimes. Also, Chimney's are not the best place for us. I for one would hate the smoke. Please, cap your chimneys.


Legend come to life

Somehow this has fallen though the cracks here at RNN. We first heard of this story a year ago. A team of animators are making a CGI cartoon based on the Oneida legend 'The Raccoon and the Crayfish'. The Trailer for the film is up on YouTube, but as of yet RNN has not received a copy for screening. I for one am looking forward to more raccoons in Film.



Night of the raccoons

Rather funny story that came into RNN. I am glad that the kit was freed from the bottle, as unfortunately this is a rather common problem among our wild cousins. Now, there has never been an invasion of raccoons here in North America, actually it was the other way around, the humans invaded us. Now our invasion of Europe is going nicely, and we are holding on to our footholds in Japan. Hopefully we will one day be able to take over when the humans leave.


The Ghost of Wild Parties Past: The Legend of Isla Vista’s Albino Raccoon

RNN has gotten in news reports of a infamous albino raccoon in the Santa Barbra area. It would seem that this raccoon is living on after it's death, or a successor has come in to take up it's mantle. If nothing else, it brings us happiness that a raccoon is bringing joy to so many humans.

Got raccoons? Cayenne, radio and light may work
Raccoons may be residing with you; Furry squatters on the lookout for cosy spot to give birth, expert says

Another pair of stories in the long line of news reports on how to keep raccoons away from your house. Us raccoons can be slightly destructive, but then humans do leave out rather tasty treats for our wild cousins at times. What surprised me was this section of the SunHerald article.

To encourage the raccoons to leave, seal up all of the holes except the one they're using. Sprinkle a generous amount of cayenne pepper flakes around and inside the entry point.

Place a portable radio as near their den as possible. Tune it to one of the talk show programs and turn up the volume as high as it will go.

Next, shine a flood light on the hole. Together, these three actions should drive the critters from your home. If for some reason this doesn't work, try trapping.


If i am not mistaken, this a normal psychological warfare for humans too. Is this not the technique used to drive out Noriega after the invasion of Panama? I know that I would high tail it out of anywhere that was blaring talk radio at me.


Now for the crime report. Well, that is what the humans are reporting it as.

Tuscarawas County, OH
A Kerns Dr. NE, Bolivar, woman said Monday she found a raccoon sitting in her vehicle after she had opened the vehicle’s door and left it unattended.

This reporter must disclose that this is the county that her family lives in, but does not know the raccoon in question.

Portsmouth, NH
1:32 a.m. — A motorist reported that a raccoon chased him from the door of the Dunkin' Donuts on Woodbury Avenue to his vehicle. The caller stayed in his vehicle and followed the animal across the street to behind Joe's Pizza. The caller believed the raccoon to be rabid.

It is this reporters opinion that the raccoon was just rather hungry and wanting a donut, possibly from being fed from other humans. Unfortunately, it is best for humans to assume that raccoons are rabid, as they can't tell raccoon behaviour like us raccoons have. It's safer for both our wild cousins and the humans themselves.

And that brings us to a health report.

Seek USDA help on Folly raccoons

An updated article on a news report we brought you last year about the rabies vaccination program. Reports are that the program is working for our wild cousins, and it brings hope to raccoons everywhere. Remember everyone out there to get all your vaccination, and keep them up to date.

With all the news that's worth the churr, I'm Stephanie Nikon Raccoon, and goodnight.
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This is Stephanie Nikon Raccoon with all the news that is worth the churr.

Did raccoon ‘rescue’ cross line?
I think rescuing the animals in your neighborhood is a good thing. After all, they were there first, you moved into their home. Besides, how can you call those cute faces vermin?

Saucy raccoon’s story told in the Valley he once called home
More Raccoon books. Though I'm not sure about the picture... for being a raccoon lover, why on earth is she wearing a coonskin cap?
Here's her raccoon books though:
There's a raccoon in my parka
Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon
Oh, and too my cougar friends out there, she also seems to have done a book called 'Love affair with a cougar'

And now for something completely different.
Long-time I.V. Resident Is Tired of Hassling, Names
Cute letter to the editor from an albino raccoon.

Slow news week this week, and that will happen from time to time.

With all the news that's worth the churr, I'm Stephanie Nikon Raccoon, and goodnight.
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I'm a little curious. Does anyone read the raccoon news I post? I get very little replies about it, and it makes me wonder. If no one reads it, why bother to put them up. I do PDF most of the good raccoon news stories that I come across, as alot of the stories seem to vanish after 14 days. So, should I keep it up, or dump it?
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As google pulls up news stories with the keyword raccoon in them, it also pulls up stories about places with Raccoon in their name. I know [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus is compiling a list of them. So I'll include Raccoon namesakes as they come up for him, and for anyone that's interested.

Raccoon Point Park, Somerset County, Maryland (map)(topo map)

I thought I'd also look up some more information about the Raccoon School that I keep getting info on from Centrillia, IL. And I've come across quite a bit actually.
http://www.raccoon.k12.il.us/ Raccoon Elementary, Centrilia, IL
http://www.hopewell.k12.pa.us/ra.htm Another Raccoon Elementary, this time in Pennsylvania. Seems from google there are alot of Raccoon schools out there.
http://www.friscoisd.org/schools/fhs/index.htm Came up when I searched for Raccoon High. They're the home of the fighting Raccoons.


Raccoon rabies vaccines: Officials hope program stops growing problem
It's nice to know that some humans are trying to solve the rabies problem without resorting to slaughter. Us Raccoons thank them.

Linnaeus at 300: The royal raccoon from Swedesboro
For those who were wondering where [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus got his name.

Ms. Takes: Outsmarted by a pesky backyard raccoon
Try to keep a raccoon out of food? You'll lose that battle every time.

WHIT GIBBONS: Raccoons could make very good house pets
I was worried when I saw this headline. But the article does list alot of the pitfalls and hazards of humans taking us into their homes. We make wonderful companions, but we get bored easily, and you can't keep us out of anything we don't want to get into. If you want to take a raccoon into your home, be prepared to live with a critter as smart as you, and with the mischiefness of a three year old.
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IMMIGRANT RASCALS: Raccoons Invade Germany
Actually, if you're a raccoon fan, then you've know of the German Raccoons (sometimes called the Nazi Raccoons). This is just an update it seems from the english service part of a German news magazine.

Get your raccoon repellent here
I'm all for non lethal ways to keep humans and raccoons apart. Raccoons may be cute and cuddly, but they are wildlife (some wilder then others) and really humans should stay away from us.

Atchafalaya Voice: The Raccoon (Nonfiction)
Cute story of a family keeping a raccoon as a pet

I've also been having a bunch of reports of Rabid raccoons, Raccoon Dinners (eep! Folks still eat raccoon in this day and age?!), and the Tanuki fur labeled faux fur stories. I'm going to try to stick with just the positive stories in my LJ. Sometimes it's hard. Then there's the story that a Raccoon is responsible for the recent increase in gas prices

Strangely I also get alot of stories of the Raccoon Lake Area of Centralia, IL, which seems to have a Raccoon High School. They even call their women's sports team the Lady Raccoons. [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, we should take a trip down there sometime. According to the map, there's an amtrak station not far from the Lake.
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More raccoon links

Gang of masked bandits captured

A coon in my coveralls
Rather interesting story. But don't read if you don't like hearing about trapping and skinning as told 20 years after the fact. It did have my laughing.

Raccoon battles rehabilitator mentally, physically

Albino Raccoon Living Well
[livejournal.com profile] chloered, you should like this one.

Keep critters from creating havoc
We all love raccoons, but until they can walk and talk like us furs, we need to keep them away from our homes, there are lots of tips in this article for that.
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Some interesting stories that came up in Google News about raccoons.

'Raccoon Tune' gets set to its own music
A raccoon Musical? It will be bigger then Cats!

'Monster' the raccoon goes free
Grrrr. I don't like humans who think that all raccoons have rabies.

Ricky the Flighing Raccoon
Some good raccoon pictures in this one. Shame the coonie lost his home.

Let the Gourd Times Roll
A war with a raccoon over sunflower seeds, and has one of the best lines I've seen:

"Because raccoons are smart -- so smart they could hack into theAmerican voting system and change the destiny of the free world. Oh,wait, they've already done that."

Did I miss the secret meeting?

Hey, who invited them?
Tips for how to keep raccoons out of your home, without killing them.

Racoon wreeks havoc at Stephen Photography
I swear it wasn't me!

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