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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soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Phillip

    Peanut butter?! That stuff is poison.

    February 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Just call in Palin and let her shoot them from a helicopter.

    February 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. a newly blue state-VA

    the tainted peanut butter?

    can they vote on the stimulus package?

    February 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Tim

    Hopefully the WH is killing two birds with one stone by using salmonella-laced peanut butter in the traps!

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Brad

    I wish this story hadn't been published. I can only imagine the racist comments being posted on message boards all over the web.

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    THEY PUT PEANUT BUTTER IN THE TRAPS!?!?!?! ARE THEY TRYING TO POISON THE POOR THINGS????

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    First he had to ge rid of the rotten snakes in the Bush Administration now it is raccoons. I would like to change my answer on what kind of dog to get. Make it a pack of hound dogs.

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Raccoons are smart, Washington insiders are not. I know give them a bailout! And they will leave Washington just like everyone else.

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Gene

    Let the conspiracy theories begin.. it was the repubs that sent the racoons loose to cause havoc with the democratic dogs! JK :)

    They're going about this all wrong. Just send Sarah Palin in a helicopter over the white house grounds.. the racoon problem will be taken care of quick ;)

    February 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Mike D

    cue the racist republicans in 3 2 1

    February 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. thataway

    With the right Peanut Butter as bait, the racoon problem could be solved pretty quickly.

    February 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Amber

    The economy is tanking, union jobs are dissolving, and you just gave us the news equivalent of Caddyshack.

    Bravo...

    February 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Z Clark

    Don't even start...

    February 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Jared

    awwww!

    Let 'em stay I say.

    And it's always nice to see an animal outsmarting a human being. :D

    February 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. chip

    "coons?"

    LOL, shame on you CNN!

    February 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Kathleen

    Try using marshmallows–I've heard that racoons can't resist them.

    That being said, I just have to root for the racoons–they are cute little buggers.

    February 6, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. TiminDallas

    Hope that bait of peanut butter doesn't do them in with salmonella!

    February 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Shane

    THAT IS HILLARIOUS. THEY WANT A BAILOUT TOO.

    February 6, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Purple Alaska

    The Secret Sevice might want to scan them for "bugs"...

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. E

    raccoons are smart little buggers, I hope they are fully talking to animal services people, if you don't take them far enough way they will just walk right back... adn pull shingles off your roof.

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. We Are The One

    this will be one good meat during this hard economic times that GW Dubya created for Pain-Lin, Joe the Plumber and those hillibily right-wing republiklans bigots!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    The racial tone is very clear. It's sad that someone probably released the racoons onto the grounds.

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. obama all the way

    They are beautiful animals.

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Obama fan

    All of a sudden there's a raccoon problem, yeah right

    February 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Billy G in Las Vegas

    raccoons are COOL!!! we used to have them along with deer, goundhogs, turkeys and pheasant come into our yard when we lived outside of Pittsburgh years ago and we enjoyed watching them very much.

    besides, raccoons are probably smarter than the average Washington politician

    February 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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