February 6th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
4 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. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    No wonder they aren't catching them...they're using the wrong bait! Even the racoons have been watching the headlines and they know to avoid peanut butter! ;-)

    February 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Trapper Jack

    In regards to trapping these pesky varmits, try using something sweeter, like powdered koolaid. I have found that certain families like grape the best.

    Happy Hunting

    – TJ

    February 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. A Really Conservative Realist

    We kill em' an eat em down here in Mississippi. Racoons that is.

    February 6, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Kyle W.

    We had racoons once and momma chased them off the back porch with a broom!

    February 6, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. yuri

    Hey! My opinion once more is to invite them as non voting members of congress for the stimulus bill. They may offer an idea or two. How are they affected by the bill? Anybody needs to know?

    February 6, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. larry d sisco

    By watching the news in the last few weeks, are we living in the same country. Itseems to me that the politics as usual. Are we forgetting what the last eight years were like. The republicians are forgetting they were in charge six of those years. If I amnot mistaken the dificet doubled in those eight years. There is enough blame to go around, please do the job you were sent to Washington to do.

    February 6, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Jared

    this story seems potentially offensive,
    just a thought
    why not cover news cnspin?

    February 6, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. In Houston, TX

    It's funny because I don't care

    February 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. kathy

    I , Guess I will have to repeat!! IF the GOP,and SEN. McCain have all the solutions to solve the economy,WHY???,OH WHY are we in this mess. BUT of course their income is not in jeopardy,or is it?maybe in pork

    February 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. This is CHANGE

    Never had furry pests running around for 8 years, and now?? Maybe it is the CHANGE they want! Take out the trash and they will go away...

    February 6, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. al in memphis

    Peanut butter– are they trying to kill the little buggers.

    February 6, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Dee

    Try canned cat food. When we trap ferals, we get racoons and opossums a lot (and release them of course :-).

    February 6, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Jimbo

    Pesky??? Raccoons are beautifully smart aminals. My biggest problem with them is they break into my squirrel feeders.

    But these raccoons, these raccoons are so smart they where able to make their way through a city to arrive at the White House for their handout from the Spendulus package. Smart!!!

    February 6, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. melvin

    They heard there was a section (pork) in the stimulus package so they're just showing up for a portion before it gets removed.

    February 6, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Joyce

    Local Animal Control dumped a can of dog food in a have-a-heart trap and caught a particularly pesky raccoon in my yard in one night.

    February 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Charlie

    Leave them alone.. They are probably smarter than the majority of Congress . (Which isn't saying a whole lot...)

    February 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Jon M.Franzen

    The trappers need to use canned sardines in oil.I've used them in the past with great success.

    February 6, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Kenneth W Johnson

    Just some more bankers trying to get more of the bail out money. Give them and the rep. some peanut butter

    February 6, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Jeff Nider

    Tell them to put sardines in the cage if the what to catch them

    February 6, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. BURNS

    ANY SCAVENGER WILL INTRUDE YOUR TRASH IF IT'S NOT SEALED AND COVERED. I GUESS THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT
    VERY TIDY IN WHAT GOES OUT THE BACK DOOR. NOT VERY
    GOOD SECURITY AT THAT HOME----

    NAM VET NH

    February 6, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Grow up people. Your juvenile comments about the inauguration crowds are pathertic.

    That said, they should try dry cat food for the bait. It seems to draw the raccoons to my back porch all the time. :-)

    February 6, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    Canned fish like mackeral, traps them everytime.

    February 6, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Mike

    you people are ridiculous in your claims about salmonella tainted peanut butter. Raccoons are scavengers that will eat almost anything in a garbage can, their stomachs can handle just about anything you throw their way.

    February 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Bill

    Bring in Sarah Palin in a helicopter and let her take care of 'em from air!

    February 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Quick, get rid of them before the Dems add $6 billion to the stimulus for raccoon care. Oops, too late.

    February 6, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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