Features September 2013 Issue

Raccoon Attack Update

Raccoons are notorious for being more aggressive and more invasive of human habitats when they are pregnant or nursing. This raccoon tried desperately (in broad daylight!) to enter closed windows and doors even as the dog-owning human resident took photos. She delivered a litter of babies next to the house that night.

Raccoon Attack Update

As I described in WDJ’s July issue, on the night of June 1st, my dog Ella, an 11-pound Norwich Terrier, was attacked by a raccoon in my backyard. Fortunately, I was able to fight off the raccoon myself, and Ella escaped with only puncture wounds, which healed quickly after being treated at the emergency vet. Emotionally, however, she was a wreck, terrified to go into the backyard, and showing signs of anxiety in the evenings when she saw or heard anything outside. I started her on anti-anxiety medications to help her cope with the aftermath of the attack, and to prevent her anxiety from escalating.

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