This adult male raccoon was spotted by E. Pedi in the North End, “running amok on Hull Street on July 13th in the early morning hours. After climbing fences into backyards and decks on Sheafe Street, the ill raccoon takes cover under a deck for 5 days, finally dying on July 17th during the heat wave causing a nasty, putrid state of air for days.” The eye-witness continues:
“The raccoons apparently like the thrice-week nightly garbage put out in front of building all night for trash collection & the dumpsters from restaurants and are pushing the rats to second place for their foraging abilities. Who knows with all the trash, food and refuse soaking in the heat all night, perhaps the raccoons will be pushed out and black bears will win out on the North End Streets.
It is pretty amazing how a community can agree to leave refuse and trash on streets for 8 to 12 plus hours to rot in the summer heat for pick-up rather than putting trash out in the morning at 6-7AM!!!”