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Guy Torqued Over Seized Raccoon Runs for Tenn. Gov

Mike Brown furious over government's refusal to return Rebekah

(Newser) - Mike "Coonrippy" Brown's gubernatorial candidacy is pretty much a one-platform affair: "It's all about the raccoon," he tells the Tennessean . In July, Tennessee officials seized Brown's pet raccoon, Rebekah; he says he was targeted following a viral video featuring him and another raccoon. He... More »

Wild Raccoons Invade School, Pee on Student

Florida middle school becoming an infested, urine-dripping mess: parents

(Newser) - Are raccoons the new bullies? In one Florida middle school, yes. CBS12 reports on an infestation so bad that parents started calling the station for help, telling it that the wild creatures had been in residence for weeks, and that the school hadn't sent home warnings. Even worse: One... More »

Raccoon Disease Blinds NY Teen

Health officials issue alert over raccoon ringworm

(Newser) - New York playgrounds are on alert as two reported cases of a rare, fatal disease spread by raccoons has blinded a Brooklyn teen in one eye and left an infant with brain damage, reports the New York Daily News. Raccoon ringworm is a disease contracted through the animal's feces that... More »

Raccoon as Main Course: Serves 4 for $12

(Newser) - A sign of the times, maybe, in struggling Detroit: Charlie LeDuff checks in with a 69-year-old retiree who supplements his income by hunting raccoons and selling the carcasses for $12—a typical raccoon serves four—and the pelts for $10. “Coon or rabbit,” Glemie Dean Beasley, a native... More »

White House Nabs Masked Bandit

Raccoon was one of several on premises

(Newser) - Mission accomplished. National Parks workers have caught a wily raccoon that's been roaming the White House grounds for weeks, notes the Washington Post. After vegetarian fare failed to entice the masked critter, trappers successfully employed salmon. "They're a finicky bunch," says press chief Robert Gibbs. The good... More »

Masked Bandits Infiltrate 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

(Newser) - As President Obama settled in to his new home, a band of varmints rode in on his coattails, the Washington Post reports. One large raccoon and several smaller ones are roaming the grounds, according to the National Park Service, which is tasked with relocating the varmints. “The idea of... More »

Stick This on Your Plate and Eat It

(Newser) - You probably won’t find it in the supermarket, but out in a parking lot in Missouri, you could easily cross paths with a raccoon, the Kansas City Star reports. Not one ravaging the Dumpster, but one dressed and packed for dinner. A best guess has Missourians yearly consuming about... More »

Raccoon Checks Into Berlin Hotel

Under German law, evicting furry visitor a rocky proposition

(Newser) - The talk of the town in Berlin is a raccoon who's taken up residence in a hotel garage and can't legally be removed. Under German law, a wild animal can't be removed from private property unless it poses a threat, Der Spiegel reports. One wildlife expert says he thinks the... More »

Elmer Fudd, Have You Tried the Raccoon?

Illinois foodies 'overcome inhibitions,' dine on masked critter

(Newser) - Sweet raccoon meat is in vogue in the nation’s heartland, where the masked critters have been selling as fast as some hunters can snag them, the Chicago Tribune says. One Illinois dealer says he’s sold about 2,500 to more than 50 customers in the last 10 weeks.... More »

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