February 26th, 2009
07:34 AM ET
14 years ago

White House menace caught

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/06/art.racoon.gi.jpg caption=" One large raccoon and several smaller ones had invaded the White House grounds. "](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.

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to nanty:

    "......getting a homeles person off the street."

    Like Bush did, right?!

    February 26, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. mjm

    Matthew, Detroit,

    Very well said.

    February 26, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    The racoon looks like John McCain.

    February 26, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    The first amendment insures us the right to free speech but is it also a God-give right to be stupid?

    February 26, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Texas teacher – I'm sure glad you didn't teach any of my college-graduated children as you sound like an absolute idiot! The coons just followed the Obamas from Chicago, poor little critters. Someone please keep them safe; the RACcoons, that is, not the coon in the house!

    February 26, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. JOE

    NASTY...We had a house plant in the White House for 8 years..It was called a "BUSH" and it stunk the White House up so bad it took a week ro fumigate it after the "BUSH PLANT" left forTexas..

    Actually we would have been better of with a potted plant than BUSH ...for 8 years.

    February 26, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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