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. cheryl brooks from cali

    How Cute!!!!! They wanted to meet the new President and tell him how relieved they are cause the last bunch kept up so much racket that their kids were picking up bad habits!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Georgia Peach

    Dubya forgot his pets!!!

    February 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. joefromcocamo

    he was running /hiding form dick didnt want to get shot

    February 25, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Caligirl

    Chris February 25th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

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

    Too funny!!! 😉 I'll bet he does too.

    February 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. AnimalLover

    raising mayhem.... What kind of mayhem could a family of raccoons raise on the expansive whitehouse grounds? My raccoon visitors are delightful and quite welcome.

    Good luck little guys!

    February 25, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Ted

    @ Stan:
    Nice to see a good-hearted conservative.
    As a 'lib', I found that pretty funny, and I probably would have said the same had it been McCain in office.

    February 25, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Once you vote Black

    I think it is sad that you are trying to say Obama is a Coon. Sorry, that was my inner Sharpton slipping out.

    February 25, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. annie - Palin 2012

    Why does bo keep lying that there is no 'pork' in either of these bills?

    February 25, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |


    February 25, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Rocky

    They call that state of the art security?Next they will find some nut job climbing the fence in a raccoon costume.

    February 25, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Matt

    I'm a cartoonist can I draw a picture of coons at the white house or will Al Sharpton get upset and call me a racist?

    February 25, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Alicia

    What is your problem CNN? This story along with the angry old White guy, McCain as FRONT PAGE NEWS on what he thinks? We don't want to know what he thinks. He lost!!!!

    Could you not stand how much the American public loved the President's speech? You just have to tell us what the White guy thinks?

    February 25, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Greg in Colorado

    That is a good story. I also can't believe the amount of obvious racism on here... Some Americans are pure crap

    February 25, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Obamamama

    Those racoons are really bad. Who is Keeping the white house lawns clean and pest free?

    February 25, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Jim in Fllorida

    Hey, CNN, must be animal day at the White House....goodness

    Bobby Jindal sure scared the living daylights out of the Liberals. CNN already airing thier attack piece online written by Candy Crowley. What a piece of garbage and the head line "Jindal Received Bad Reviews" – gosh cnn, the "bad review" was written by your girl. Goodness

    No BIAS?


    February 25, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Caligirl

    It's a very, very cute picture.

    February 25, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Well thank god cnn, now I will be able to sleep tonight without worrying.

    February 25, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Snake eyes


    February 25, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Brian A., NY

    We've GOT to get spending under control. I know Obama is really famous and really popular right now, but the spending spree is out of control. WE CAN'T AFFORD IT. Write your congressman, talk to people, spread the word. This is going to get ugly if we don't nip it in the bud.

    February 25, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Tiff of lithia springs

    Oh my goodness somebody needs to get the credentials of the groundskeepers. I can't believe they have been on the loose this long!

    February 25, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. John

    Quite frankly, I think these little critters are highly trained spies. They even look like spies; observe the masks they wear.

    We all know what they are trained to say: "We were only looking for pizza crusts." But America won't be fooled this time.

    Those communists will stop at nothing!

    February 25, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. No Joke Jindal

    Jindal's Speech:

    His speech was all hot air and no substance, none.

    February 25, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. porchhound

    I think he is supposed to be there...he was elected

    February 25, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    From the headline I thought you meant George W Bush. Lets send that littel critter to Texas too.

    Did anyone try to throw a shoe at him?

    Come to think of it, it really is a case of wrong place/wrong time. Puxetauny Phill comes out of his hole and gets a parade and a holiday named for him.

    February 25, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. ruty

    It was John McCain looking for the oval office. He still can't believe he lost. Go home John.

    February 25, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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