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Old June 3rd, 2011, 08:17 AM
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man arrested in T.O. for trying to kill raccoon kits

if Marco and Dave allowed us to curse in here believe me, this post would be filled with curses!! That poor poor mother raccoon....


Toronto police have arrested a man whose neighbour alleges was trying to kill baby raccoons in his backyard with a shovel.

CBC Documentary: Raccoon Nation
Click here to watch The Nature of Things documentary Raccoon Nation, which explores the growing conflict between people and raccoons in urban areas.
Police were called shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday by a neighbour on Rankin Crescent, near Symington Avenue and Bloor Street West just west of downtown Toronto.

The neighbour alleged the man used a shovel to repeatedly hit what appeared to be family of raccoons, Const. Victor Kwong said.

"It's alleged now that this man was striking the baby raccoons while the mother raccoon — we assume it is the mother raccoon — was sitting there watching and trying to go in every second to scoop them out one by one," he said.

Dong Nguyen, 53, has been charged with cruelty to animals and possessing a dangerous weapon.

He is scheduled to appear in court on July 13.

Sgt. Chad Nicolle, who was on the scene at the time of the arrest, said police have been unable to find all of the baby raccoons, also known as kits. The mother had already moved the kits away from the area by the time police arrived, he said.

"We were able to find one of the injured animals. It's a baby raccoon. Animal services has already come and treated the animal," said Nicolle.

The neighbour alleged the man had engaged in similar behaviour in the past.

It's believed the man was frustrated with the damage raccoons were causing in his garden.

Killing a raccoon is illegal in Toronto. The city's animal control department will only get involved if the animal is injured, sick or dead.

Coyote urine an effective repellent
That has frustrated homeowners looking for ways to deter raccoons from getting into their garbage and homes.

Paul Oliver, a co-owner of the Urban Nature Store, told CBC News some are turning to coyote urine.

“The animals are very sensitive to being in areas where they think predators are around and so it’s very effective. Raccoons are very smart animals, so they learn very quickly when there’s a predator around so they learn to stay away."

Other suggestions included motion sensor sprinklers to scare off raccoons with a blast of water.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 08:25 AM
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I saw this on TV. Hope he was humiliated being taken off in handcuffs!
And...GOOD for the neighbours!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 09:13 AM
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hate to say it, but had I been the neighbour, the man would not be wearing handcuffs, he'd be wearing the damn shovel
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 11:39 AM
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We need more cases like this to be aired by the media. I hope he WAS humiliated and I hope he gets the heaviest fine/penalty the law will allow.

Maybe he'll win an award one day, and i won't be upset if it's the Darwin award.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 12:22 PM
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I'm with Melinda! And good on the neighbour for stepping up!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 04:56 PM
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Had he been my neighbor,I'd be sitting in jail right now,hopefully I'd get visitors from Pets.
Yes,it would be frustrating to have Raccoons destroying your garden,but to kill,or torture a living beeing for it,absoultely not..

Reading this though,about the very brave mother Raccoon,made me feel sure that the raccoon-mom here came back for her baby.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 08:06 PM
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About 2 years ago, i saw similar situation happening. In a middle of the night, a man was smacking a raccoon with a fishing stick (or something similar to it) near garbage bins. I saw it from my balcony, the poor thing was screaming so loud it woke me up. So i called the security guard. By the time he got to those garbage bins the man was gone. Later i was told by the security guard that police cannot charge him or do anything about it because i could not give description of the guy (it was too dark to see anything) and cameras only caught him walking in and out of the building. So, unfortunately, that man walked away unpunished. To this day, i still dont understand why (how) those raccoons in a condominium garbage bins was bothering the guy. Or he was just plain sicko. I guess the worst part is that people like that live next to us.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 05:18 PM
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Maruska,the man who did this to the bab raccoon,was arrested,but that's on;y for show,nothing will happen to him either,maybe he'll get a talking to,a small fine, but that's about it
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Old June 7th, 2011, 06:27 PM
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I can't believe the amount of people who think killing them was perfectly okay If you search for "raccoon" in the Hamilton Spectator site, you will find some godawful comments.
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