Ballard family attacked by raccoon

Update: We have an update on the warning we posted earlier this weekend about a raccoon who attacked a Ballard family in their backyard near 14th Ave. and 73rd St. Joanna Silverstein told us a raccoon attacked their dog, then turned on her and her husband Mark on Thursday night.

Joanna said it all began when her little Yorkie “Bee” was walking the perimeter of the yard, and a raccoon suddenly jumped off the fence and made a beeline for the dog. “She’s a pretty little dog and he’s a big raccoon,” Joanna said, explaining that the raccoon attacked just before the dog made it inside the house. She said she tried to pull the dog away, but the raccoon wouldn’t stop its attack, biting the dog and then her in the leg. Her husband Mark, who was tending to their two-week-old child inside, heard his wife’s screams. She said he hit the raccoon with a flashlight and was able to throw it into the backyard.

“The raccoon scratched him pretty badly,” Joanna said. Because of their injuries, they both had to submit to rabies and tetanus shots — more than 25 between the two of them — a “very painful” experience, she said. The dog Bee was bitten on the snout.

After the attack, they distributed flyers in the area warning neighbors to “be watchful of your animals and children as this wild creature has become a threat.” And Joanna tells us, she seen two raccoons in her backyard since the attack. They plan to trap the raccoon(s) in the next couple of weeks.


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keyboard kitty
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keyboard kitty

72 hours to get your shots. if you dont get it and it was rabid, bad news.

there is a somewhat scary story on this american life about a women who was attacked in the northeast by a rabid raccoon. she traveled to various hospitals on a holiday weekend, all refusing to give her the injection due to health care complications. eventually, she got it. but it shows once again how borked up the health care in this country is.

#37 in the world!

Mike
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Mike

Mr. Bandit R. Coon just called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to report a family of humans living in his families estate. He asked that they be removed immediately.

Dear people, they are wild animals, if you scare them and corner them they will attack you. If they have babies near by, they will protect them and destroy your face doing it.

ballardog
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ballardog

Hmmm. Are they not going to take any further action? I think I would be trapping and relocating some coons if that were my neighborhood.

raccoonSiffredi
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raccoonSiffredi

Are tetanus shots and rabies shots the same? Did the author really mean tetanus shots? Hmm.

That raccoon needs some gun shots. Or…

A raccoon killed my pet duckling in 1984. I saw it happening and shot the raccoon in the abdomen with a ball bearing from my wrist rocket (slingshot). Then friend came and hit the raccoon's neck with his baseball bat a few times. The raccoon's head was perpendicular to it's spine when he finished. Then we threw the raccoon off a cliff and buried my duckling beneath a popcicle stick crucifix. Western Australia had abolished the death penalty the day before–too bad for Ranger Rick he committed his crime in Magnolia. You don't mess with the '199.

seven
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seven

Kill it. Raccoons are evil.

Ballardmom
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It sounds like if the dog was significantly smaller than the raccoon then the raccoon saw it as food. When the humans tried to take the raccoons away he got mad and tried to protect his dinner. I'm not saying that I wouldn't have done exactly the same thing to try and protect my pet, but it doesn't sound to me like this raccoon is any threat to randomly attacking a human (unless the human is tiny and weighs about 5 pounds and could be mistaken for a large rodent). But as far as small animals go (chickens, young cats and dogs and especially tiny little dogs) it's probably wise to keep them contained when they're outside or be in the yard with them, especially at hunting time around dusk. This is a common problem for pet owners who live in the woods in outlying areas, and it sounds like with the overpopulation of raccoons now it's a city problem too. Also, just an FYI, a hawk has been hunting pigeons in our area of Ballard and they also will try to eat small pets the same as raccoons do. I had a friend lose a kitten to a hawk… Read more »

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Name

I think I am logged on as a guest… I would be concerned about rabies…. 25 shots sounds like rabies… Tetanus shots are usually only one or two… Not 25.

KMgrad
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They are going to need rabbies shots unless they were able to catch the raccoon.

motorrad
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motorrad

Best wishes on a speedy recovery for all those attacked. Hopefully Bee will be able to go outside with out freaking out. I will be wearing steel toe boots around shrubbery and such. No more flip flops. The raccoon problem seems to be worse the last couple years. Getting hit by a vehicle is the only thing they have to worry about. Without predators the population keeps growing. If the law would allow I think I would by the most powerful pellet gun and go vigilante. That is a difficult point for me to get to but a line was crossed.

To the people raising chickens, WTF? I strongly think poultry should be banned within city limits. Every predator no matter what size will be attracted to and go after chickens. They are a magnet for varmints that no one wants in their neighborhood. The scent travels a long way. I really don't see the benefit of having a couple chickens when weighed against the danger and nuisance for the family owning them or for the neighbors.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Very true. And this isn't a new thing. Raccoons, prey birds, possums, are scroungers. If they see an animal fit to eat, or they have a litter or eggs to protect, they will attack. When I lived in the outer limits of the U-Dist we had a bad raccoon problem. And that was about fifteen years ago. Like BallardMom says, just be cautious.

squid
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Correct on both accounts, rabies and tetanus shots. We updated the story.

Peenerson
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Peenerson

Is there a possible connection between this and the recent filming of The Details, a movie which is described as “a black comedy about a couple whose disagreements over how to deal with their raccoon infestation leads to an escalating series of events.”?
_ P-Ninny

Jonathan Stuart Pryce
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My sympathies. I can joke about bears and cougars, e.g., “Dont play 'got your nose' with bears. ” Have encountered many a bear and while not the cat himself entirely (OK, the tail on a couple of occassions), but his fresh sign (as in just around the corner) in the Cascades over the years. In the Picketts, the Paysaten, the Sawtooths, enroute to Eldo and Klawatti, on the Icicle, in the Teanaway, Sibley Creek, in the Chiwaukum, on West Tiger 3, for chrissakes, etc., etc., etc. Never scary meetings; in fact, comical, just mammals trying to avoid each other. But based on my encounters with racoons, they scare the living shite out of me, esp. the ones in the SPs or in th ONP who are habitualized and now those in my 'hood. They inspire the most base and primitive reactions in me. Trapping and relocating, sure, perhaps relocating 500 metres off of Elliott Bay in a rock-filled crab pot. Or racoon as the newest haute cuisine, any meat is good marinated in a strong garlic and chipotle sauce and racoon fur was all the rage in the '20s . . . .

Tortie
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Tortie

Here's an idea, a company called Critter Control will come out and set traps for the raccoons. It's $170 to set up the traps, and about $50 for each one caught. They use live traps, you call in the morning if anything is caught overnight, and they take them away and euthanize them.

xaphaeod
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xaphaeod

That's humorous. The city will do nothing.

tiptoe
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tiptoe

Try coyote urine for getting racoons out of your yard, they'll think a predator is around and will stay away. You can buy it online in either liquid or powder form. We had friends who had racoons living under their house and hanging out in their yard…they used the coyote urine around the perimeter of their yard/house and the racoons were outta there and haven't come back. As far as the smell goes, I think that it dissipates pretty fast and then only the animals can smell it.

Edog
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Edog

I'm with the death panel option. Vicious vermin are a true problem. Its not like big game the wandered into the area!

xaphaeod
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xaphaeod

A pellet gun is the only thing that has kept the raccoons from partying — and crapping on my roof — every night. I tried everything else – natural “repellants”, electronic gizmos, water sprayers, and just shooing them away. They just give you a dirty look and go about their business as if they owned the place.

A good solid hit from the pellet gun sends them scurrying away, and eventually they get the message and stop coming back. Highly recommended. Just be real careful not to hit the neighbor's windows…

xaphaeod
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xaphaeod

Tried that many times, never had any effect on the little bastards.

motorrad
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motorrad

I heard that the raccoon wrangler for the film was giving his critters a new experimental cocktail of steroids and mind altering drugs to make them take direction better and look more menacing on screen. Turns out they became super aggressive with the strength of 8 raccoons in 1! They busted out of their hotel and are running free while the producers have gotten replacements to ensure deniability. And worse yet I think the raccoons were actually canadian. They didn't even use local or U.S. talent.

Again, best for speedy recovery to those involved. It was a serious event but I couldn't resist this.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Ha! Sounds like a bad B movie.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Okay. Somehow this turned into a 'How to Kill a Raccoon' thread. WTF

Andy
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Andy

FWIW, rabies has never been identified in raccoons in WA, and of the *two* recorded rabies cases in the state in the past 20 years, both were from bats.

Obviously these folks were wise to get rabies shots, but there's no reason to think there's some rabid raccoon roaming the mean streets of Ballard.

motorrad
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motorrad

Ummm….yeah. I am good with that. If a raccoon comes over a fence and goes straight at my dog in an attack then I am pushed to kill it and if I can't identify the one, then all must go. It is a line I would not cross lightly but this case would take drastic measures. Add to that a 2 week old baby in the household and there is no question an aggressive raccoon would be killed.

So I am interested in the steps one can take. I don't believe using a pellet gun to annoy them until they leave is adequate. What steps can be used in the city?

xaphaeod
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xaphaeod

I've tried many things to give them the hint that we didn't appreciate them using our roof as their bathroom every night. Only thing that has worked was the pellet gun. If you don't want to go there, then I think you only have a few choices: trap them yourself and relocate them (good luck with that), pay someone else to do that ($170 each time, according to someone else upthread), or surrender and just let them have their way. Personally, the pellet gun option seemed to make the most sense to me (recommended by a neighbor who had gone through the same routine). Some might feel some remorse over the thought of “shooting” the cute little creatures, but I have no trouble sleeping at night (although I had lots of trouble sleeping when the damn varmints were having a convention right outside my window every night at 3 am). YMMV.