Vacant Home Becomes Animal House

Jim and Rosemary Smith say the vacant home next to them has become an animal house. Rosemary says, “There are raccoons running on the roof.”

Rosemary has called the Humane Society several times after she trapped raccoons in her backyard. The Smiths say they can’t have their grandkids swim in the backyard pool because the animals get aggressive.

The vacant house has a broken basement window.
Laura Stastny of Nebraska wildlife rehab says, “The house being open and animals having free access to shelter makes that one big animal condo.”

She says trapping is a last resort in par because the law mandates animals are released within 100 yards of where they are trapped. The wildlife rehabilitator suggests buying a bottle of coyote scent and spreading that near a fence. Also a radio will scare way raccoons and other animals.

The vacant house is owned by a California investor who has ignored repeated notices to clean up the property. City crews have cut the weeds twice this year but the $230 bill hasn’t been paid.


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