February 6th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
3 years ago

When raccoons attack

One large raccoon and several smaller ones have invaded the White House grounds.
One large raccoon and several smaller ones have invaded the White House grounds.

(CNN) - In the ongoing battle between a pack of particularly ambitious raccoons and the White House groundskeepers, the raccoons appear to be winning.

According to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, no raccoons have been caught on the White House grounds since the band of intruders were first spotted roaming the premises earlier this month.

The National Parks service set up several traps around the White House lawn earlier this week after determining one large raccoon and several smaller ones were causing trouble around the West Wing and the Executive Mansion.

If and when the raccoons are caught they will be released into the wild, the National Park Service has said.

But the traps, which include peanut butter and apples as bait, have yet to allure any of the pesky mammals.

"No raccoons that I know of have been caught or disbursed into other places in Washington," said Gibbs.

The White House press secretary also said he would be of little use in the hunt: "There are a few that roam in my backyard, so I don't have any particular tips."


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  1. Mike

    Look past the color of their coats! They are really Wall Street big shots looking for more hand outs! First they stole the shareholders money and when that ran out they took the taxpayers money for generations to come. Now they are working their door to door strategy. What better place to start then a place where they have been feed before? Once a Bandit always a Bandit. Stop feeding them and they will move on!

    February 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. kevin

    Al, is that what your mammy eats

    February 6, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Ernie in LA

    Blame it on Bush.

    February 6, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Raccoons are very sweet... unless you try to pick them up... *LOL*

    February 6, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Joe Schmoe

    Maybe those 'coons know all about the recall of peanut butter, being politically savvy republican coons held over from the 'great terror' of the bushie years....gave 'em their bushie tails, eh? Nope, not gonna fool 'em with no tainted peanut butter. Can see it now. A bunch of them lined up on a tree branch on the south lawn looking up at our new fearless leader's house: "Help! Save us! You said you were for change, right? All we want is some of the change the tourist's drop when they walk by your place, right........

    February 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Jill

    I certainly don't think there are racial undertones here. DC has a fairly serious raccoon and rat problem. They're everywhere.

    February 6, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. new independent

    LOL

    February 6, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. ub1

    al

    not funny

    February 6, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. TEX

    Racoons carry rabies,fleas, ticks and are vicious! Wouldn't it be great if they invaded the house and the senate.

    February 6, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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