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Citizen complaint of the day: Bandit caught in the act in a Back Bay alley

Raccoon in the trash in alley off Marlborough Street

A concerned citizen captured a raccoon getting all trash-panda-y in Public Alley 429 off Marlborough Street behind Comm. Ave. tonight and filed a 311 report to request prompt city action.

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They also hang out at the church turned condo conversion at Beacon and the Mass. Ave. bridge. Never felt the need to file a 311....

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Really, what does the concerned citizen hope the city will do?

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Perhaps trap and relocate?

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... kill them. Let them stay. There was a huge one living quietly on Hereford St for years. He was only seen at odd hours. Better looking and behaving than most of the human neighbors.

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Great idea.

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There's a difference between secure and racoon proof.

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But that garbage can pictured with the trash panda isn't even close to either.

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The problem here isn't the raccoon - the problem is that somebody has a bunch of trash barrels which have trash in them and are not secured against rats, raccoons, or other shoppers in the Mall of Refuse.

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I was planning to say that if people secured their trash properly, the trash wouldn't be visited by raccoons...or rats, or seagulls, or coyotes, or any other non-human critter. You beat me to it.

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I recently found out, after calling the city when I found a raccoon sleeping on my porch for a few days, that the city won’t do anything if the animal isn’t in your residence.

But, also, the real problem here is that the trash barrels should be secured. The raccoon will go where it can find food.

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Where are you, Elmer? Slacking on the job. . . .

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Adorable, until a rabid one takes a chunk out of a toddler.

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Cite where and when this has happened.

And how often.

Take your time.

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That's a generic page from someone selling wildlife removal services stating that, yes, rabid raccoons can attack humans. Rabid animals of any sort can attack humans. Not quite the same as an apparently healthy raccoon engaging in typical raccoon behavior suddenly taking a bite out of a toddler.

Rabies in species also goes in waves, since it's fatal: it'll hit a species, there's a big die-back, then it drops down quite a bit. Raccoons are currently the leader in MA (60 identified cases in 2016) but skunks are a close second (foxes and bats make up the rest).

Don't want trash pandas? Secure the trash. Simple as that. They'll go elsewhere a lot faster than any relocation service can take them.

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