Those of us who have lived in Magnolia for a long time know that our area has always had a problem with raccoons. Nicole just moved here this spring and her dog was recently attacked by a raccoon in her backyard. She is reminding people not to feed the raccoons. Nicole posted her concerns in our forum:
I have since had them visiting almost everyday and it’s getting scary. One was looking in our patio door with my kids were sitting right there. Had one of them opened the door, I’m afraid of what might have happened. My children are too young to understand the danger they pose. I’ve tried chasing the raccoons off by yelling at them, banging on pots, all the techniques PAWS gave me, and even bought a paintball gun. They simply aren’t afraid of people, most likely because there are people in Magnolia feeding them. I know this from our veterinarian who says they see dogs attacked by raccoons every couple of weeks. From what they told me, Magnolia and Queen Anne have a serious problem with them. I’ve only lived here since March and I have to say, I’m in agreement with that. I’m at the point I’m afraid to let my kids or my pets go in the backyard. I’m asking people to please not feed the racoons on purpose, contain your trash the best you can and to use bird and squirrel feeders that racoons can’t get into. It was not a pleasant experience hearing my dog howl from the attack and God forbid a child get bit.