(CNN) - After weeks on the run, officials have nabbed a fugitive who infiltrated White House grounds: on Wednesday, they announced the capture of one of the raccoons raising mayhem around the executive mansion over the last month.
White House spokesman Bill Burton confirms the National Park Service has captured at least one of the particularly ambitious mammals and released it safely in an "undisclosed location."
The pesky intruders were first spotted roaming the premises early this month, and have since proved to be a repeated nuisance for National Park Service officials charged with maintaining the White House grounds.
The matter even made its way to one of the White House daily briefings with reporters, when Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the difficulty officials were having in catching the animals.
Several traps were set up around the White House lawn in early February after it was determined that one large raccoon and several smaller ones were the chief mischief doers.
The traps had included peanut butter and apples as bait, but it was ultimately salmon that did the trick, Burton said.
I thought that maybe Cheney got back in somehow . . . .
Well at least the racoons wears a mask whereas our politicians are stealing us blind, so who' s the greater menace?
Oh dear i thought for a minute there it was John McCain thinking he won the election
Of course they were there because Barney and Mrs. Beasley left. But now that the Obamas will be getting a dog in April there will be no more pesky critters.
Apparently even Raccoons know its not safe to eat peanut butter anymore...
I'm glad they removed the little guy to safety, where he belongs. I had two very friendly racoons who were born in the attic of my house after Katrina, and I watched them grow up. My husband would feed them peanuts right from his hand. they followed us around like dogs, and we even observed them playing with objects much like a dog. They have moved on now, and I miss them.
You must be really bored.
Good job to the park service – now give them a chance to get bin laden
Great story to start out the political ticker! The implications of this one should no doubt be international in scope! Incisive! Brilliant! Thank you so much for allowing us to comment on this story above all others!
I think the menace is still loose in the White House.
For all of you people who feel sorry for this racoon, take it from someone from the South, were these creatures are abundant, they will destroy everything in their path, kill any dog you have, and try to kill you. They are vicious and dangerous.
is that racist?
people can resemble animals
certainly Sharpton's behavior resembles some animals
Why not, plenty in there already.
They sent the raccoon to Gitmo
This is what happens when you leave trash laying around. Not to hard to figure out what is going on in the new White House.
Didn't those 'Undisclosed Locations' get Bush into trouble?
He was just looking for his share of the stimulus package.
Talk about a waste of money!!!!!! A bullet costs about 10 cents add some table scraps and you would have taken care of this problem without wasting the taxpayers money.
The racoon probably heard the news about tainted peanuts so he went for the salmon.
It's not news... it's CNN.
Sarah Palin is an idiot.
It is nice that they let it loose. We caught a Possum in our yard, called the Conservation Dept. and when we came home we found the crate door open, no Possum inside, but blood splattered everywhere.....the next time we catch one, we are taking it to the State Park. We did not want the Possum, but they tend to NOT carry Rabies and they play Possum....so not dangerous, just a nuisance, it was killed unfairly.
Please CNN... stop the cosmetic ads that appear like strobe lights. The constant brush strokes distracts from reading... and that's not so good for people with history of seizure. How can one concentrate and read and understand when the brushes keep moving back and forth?
Those are just CIA agents undercover.
They caught Gingrich, now to catch Lott!!!