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. Huh?

    I would have preferred Sarah Palin! At least she can deliver a well rehersed speech with cheek and energy!

    February 25, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. T in NV

    The last ticker about the dog is closed, but I wanted to tell everyone that the People magazine article about the new Obama pet indicates that they are adopting one and not supporting puppy mills. I want to thank them for doing the right thing!

    February 25, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. marty

    way to go CNN, is is grade A front page material... the only thing missing from this article to make it a true cnn story is sarah palin. Nothing that cnn is better at than posting stories that no one cares about

    February 25, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Floyd in New York

    Evil goes where evil is!!

    February 25, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Texas Trail Kitty

    Must be Sarah Palin still trying to get into the White House. Hahahaaa

    February 25, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Floyd in New York

    I'll bet that coon looks like Texas Teacher!!

    February 25, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. stillsupportspresident

    I think everyone has to admit that the comments here are pretty stupid. I think people really think that they are clever. Clever and obnoxious/stupid are not the same.

    February 25, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. frem

    The raccoon is not a menace – it's soul food. The Obamas are just trying to feel at home.

    February 25, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Jake

    These are not Raccoons, these are the Russians trying to spy on united States.

    February 25, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    To those who made the "coon" remarks....You are obviously all sniveling cowards, if you made those comments in public you would not be around to make those comments here. There is nothing worse than a gutless sniveling coward.

    February 25, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Sally

    Salmon??? The raccoon is eating better than many average families!

    February 25, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. David Newport, OR

    only took weeks to catch...how sad

    February 25, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Ashamed of the Democrats on this blog

    The Democrats that post on here are a disgrace. BTW I'm a Democrat.

    February 25, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Darryl MIller

    This is Sen. John McCain, trying to work with the white house,,,,

    February 25, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Larry


    February 25, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Sore Looser!!

    Floyd, you must know first hand about being followed by evil. It was probably you that came and released them on the White House lawn. Tell your little friends, it's not nice to be mean, and if you can't say anything good, then don't say nothing at al!!

    February 25, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. america first

    what a BEAUTIFUL animal.

    February 25, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Ashley Mead

    Shades of Calvin Coolidge! When Mr. Coolidge was president, this was in the 1920s, they kept a pet racoon named Rebecca who liked to eat ice cream. He also kept a pet myna bird that they taught to say 'veto'! At least it didn't get into the White House, they can cause major damage!

    February 25, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. texas teacher

    Raccoons aside.... just saw on Lou Dobbs that the congress is giving away money.... pork barreling is running amok.

    Oh, yes.. education is pork barrel.. at least to the GOP... They have never made any hemmhawws about their disdain for education! After all, an uneducated ignorant populace is a populace easy to control!!

    February 25, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Anna, ATL

    I think you should disregard any posts from people who have the audacity to read the blogs and then curtly type "THIS IS NEWS????"

    Lord knows I have typed plenty of interesting, thoughtful, relevant comments that your editing staff determined were not worthy postings; yet those who cynically ask "THIS IS NEWS?", ALWAYS find a way to get their word in edgewise!

    Yes, cynics in cyberspace! Racoons and Presidential Puppies are Are Worthy Conversation pieces! Dont we have enough stress in the world without having to worry that everything we read is DEEP and MEANINGFUL???

    February 25, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. Anna, ATL

    Texas Teacher!
    I thought you didn't like Lou Dobbs?
    Yet, we always know what is on his show thanks to your updates!!

    🙂 i am just giving you a hard time....

    February 25, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Roberts

    Sarah Palin would get in Marine 1, hover above the grounds and shoot them.

    February 25, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. No Incumbents 2010

    Obviously the animal is lost. He should be at the House of Representatives with all the other bandits.

    February 25, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Kay

    Pretty funny, that the White House would have the same masked bandits I see outside my porch door nearly every night.

    We feed our cats out on the porch, on "cat towers" to keep their dishes out of the paws of the raccoons. That doesn't keep the raccoons from bringing their own food up from the creek and washing the sand off in the cats' water dishes. The cats and the raccoons seem to get along fine because the cats are smart enough to keep their distance.

    February 25, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. milan shah

    I am an independent. Republicans have not gotten the message yet. It sounds so stupid when these lunatics talk about deficit which they created – their leader/GOD Darth Cheney still believes that deficite does not matter- ofcourse, in his great wisdom, he believes that WMD exists in IRAQ. It is high noon that the republicans start coopertaing in getting out of the mess they have created – potential great great depression.
    And Media has failed miserably over the last eight years. The reporters must be on the payroll of Prince George as they had no guts to question going to WAR in IRAQ, as they had no inteliigence to question tax breaks for rich, as they could not provide checks and balance against corrossion of the regulatory infrastructure. It is obvious that integrity of free press is questionable – It is time that you in media fold your tents and go home.

    February 25, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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