February 26th, 2009
07:34 AM ET
13 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. JK Ashburn, VA

    Wrong picture. Doesn't look at all like Pelosi (not enough botox).

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Melissa

    lol. Poor racoons. Thats hilarious.

    February 25, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Pardon them!

    February 25, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Alan Smith

    baiting them with grapes works better

    February 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Palin this, Jindal that, will ya? The Newts of Yesteryear

    This pest is probably a Republican looking for attention.

    February 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Chris

    An "undisclosed location" eh? I'll bet you Cheney knows where the racoons are now....

    February 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Marc in Virginia

    Another first!

    February 25, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. curtis in WI

    ...released it safely in an "undisclosed location."

    So, they gave it Dick Cheney? Maybe not, that wouldn't be too safe.

    February 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Tidwell

    He's a bandit. . . got be from the Bush Administration! lol lol lol lol

    February 25, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Edith

    Looks like Rush Limbaugh.

    February 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Had It

    They need to be returned to Camp David, where W and his mischievous buddies caught them.

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Jesse

    I heard Raccoons are hypoallergenic.

    February 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Had It

    Salmon? Were they Alaskan Raccoons? Hmmmmmm

    February 25, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Had It

    (Cute little feller, isn't it?)

    February 25, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Basudev Bhandary

    Damn! Give Karl Rove better things to do.

    February 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. mom for obama

    Maybe once the first dog moves in he'll help keep the rest of those masked bandits away.
    ...oh, and don't know why, but on the first dog article my comment was "moderated" out for some reason after I said that there are two Portuguese Water Dogs in Georgia available on petfinder right now who already have names and need a home. I'll bet those two would love to chase after these guys...Go get 'em Bear and Gatsby!

    February 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Justin from New Haven, CT

    And this is news, why?

    February 25, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Racooning Ruckus

    There's a new sherrif coming–Obama's new dog.

    I think I heard him say, "Give me liberty or give me death".

    February 25, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I see the racoons are eliitist like the White House occupants. Peanut butter and apples are not good enough, we want salmon!

    February 25, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Laura

    Expense taste! Not surprising for an animal in Washington now is it?

    February 25, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. jm for sc

    This is actually in reference to the pet for Malia and Sasha. I think the president and his family have the right to adopt a dog from where they wish to. All of those who think they should go to a shelter should go there themselves and adopt two or three dogs.

    February 25, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Matt

    And they want us to believe they can catch bin Laden

    February 25, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. IKE in Atlanta

    Undisclosed location: yeah, I know! They sent them to Guantanamo!

    February 25, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. How to disarm the Taliban: Tax Cuts!

    All they needed to do was throw a tax cut in the cage and the problem would have been solved: according to Republican creed.

    February 25, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Cynthia - Arkansas

    They are pesky, but they sure are cute! Maybe even the animals want to come and see President Obama and his beautiful family.

    February 25, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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