Raccoons invade North Texas homes

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by GARY REAVES

WFAA

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 17 at 8:52 PM

DALLAS — If you hear a strange scratching in your walls or attic, it could be a mother raccoon, raising her babies.

This is the season for them, and they are looking for a quiet, dark place to hide their most precious possessions... their children.

Experts at 911 Wildlife claim that trapping raccoons and moving them to a new area is a death sentence, because the raccoons will be confused, have difficulty finding food, and will be intruding on another animal's territory.

They suggest instead that homeowners chase the raccoons away. The striped creatures hate bright lights and loud noises, so a light bulb and a radio tuned to a talk radio station will probably do the trick.

The raccoons will move on, and take their babies to another dark, quiet spot. Only after they are gone should you seal up their entry holes.

E-mail greaves@wfaa.com

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