If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CNN)   New York's Central Park sees sharp increase in rabid, aggressive, foaming inhabitants. Raccoons, too   (cnn.com) divider line 31
    More: Obvious  
•       •       •

2305 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Jan 2010 at 2:18 PM (4 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



31 Comments   (+0 »)
   

Archived thread
 
2010-01-30 10:49:29 AM  
As a general rule, one shouldn't pet "friendly" wildlife.

This includes the guy that plays the acoustic guitar in his biker shorts.

Lessons learned.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-01-30 11:16:23 AM  
ideal conditions in Central Park for animals -- few predators -- could exacerbate an outbreak

I think Central Park is too small to support a stable wolf population. How about coyotes?
 
2010-01-30 11:56:00 AM  
ZAZ: ideal conditions in Central Park for animals -- few predators -- could exacerbate an outbreak

I think Central Park is too small to support a stable wolf population. How about coyotes?


Cougars?
 
2010-01-30 01:10:01 PM  
FTFA: Health investigators have confirmed reports of 28 rabid raccoons in or near Central Park this month and last, compared with just three cases from 2003 through November.

Welcome to Obama's America.

/you knew someone was going to do it
 
2010-01-30 02:31:50 PM  
Well, at least we know for sure it isn't lupus.
 
2010-01-30 02:33:23 PM  
Me thinks a bunch of US of A infectious disease and epidemiology isn't
posted in ProMed ISID news letter.

Kazickstan, Bhutan you betcha.
 
2010-01-30 02:39:51 PM  
brap: As a general rule, one shouldn't pet "friendly" wildlife.

This includes the guy that plays the acoustic guitar in his biker shorts.

Lessons learned.


Something about the teeth that would make me think twice about petting Mr. Friendly

www.cafalawblog.com
 
2010-01-30 02:40:37 PM  
Coons in Central Park?

Imagine that.
 
2010-01-30 02:44:04 PM  
I've been walking in Central Park
singing after dark
people think I 'm crazy got rabies.
I've been stumbling on my feet
shuffling through the street
asking people, "What's the matter with you boy?"
 
2010-01-30 02:47:51 PM  
...and so it begins.
 
2010-01-30 02:55:32 PM  
My college campus had a very large number of raccoons living on it.

/Aggressive bandit-looking mofos.
 
2010-01-30 03:02:38 PM  
What?
 
2010-01-30 03:10:11 PM  
Wasn't there a Will Smith movie about this sort of thing ?
 
2010-01-30 03:12:32 PM  
Phlem Pickens: Something about the teeth that would make me think twice about petting Mr. Friendly

Um, that's not always how it works.

Also, don't lecture me on spotting critters with rabies. I've been in a few Fark.com politics threads in my day.
 
2010-01-30 03:20:51 PM  
a5.vox.com
 
2010-01-30 03:33:45 PM  
"New York's health department says that "while raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are considered high-risk sources of virus, bats are the most common source of infection for people across the United States."

*yawn*


I am a new yorker I don't care about "people across the United States".
 
2010-01-30 03:39:20 PM  
mrapier: "New York's health department says that "while raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are considered high-risk sources of virus, bats are the most common source of infection for people across the United States."

*yawn*

I am a new yorker I don't care about "people across the United States".


OK, but watch out for used hypodermic needles that are unusually friendly or otherwise behaving strangely.

/farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2010-01-30 03:41:47 PM  
and this is why you need the small bore weapons - a 22 rifle is ideal - the basic varmint weapon

Though NYC is prettuy draconian about the whole firearm thing, so Manhattanites had best welcome their new Racoon overlords
 
2010-01-30 03:53:35 PM  
i15.photobucket.com

Just because they pretend to play nice... they're actually zombies in disguise waiting to go after our brains...
 
2010-01-30 04:11:21 PM  
The_Sponge: My college campus had a very large number of raccoons living on it.

/Aggressive bandit-looking mofos.


Mine did too.

Way too many stupid freezing cold nights coming back from a late class too a raccoon jerk blocking the closest door to my dorm room and having to walk around to two or three doors before being able to safely enter.

Of course, putting garbage cans right by the damn doors didn't help mattes any.

/intelligence? on my somewhat respectable university campus?
 
2010-01-30 04:12:54 PM  
StreetlightInTheGhetto: The_Sponge: My college campus had a very large number of raccoons living on it.

/Aggressive bandit-looking mofos.

Mine did too.

Way too many stupid freezing cold nights coming back from a late class too to a raccoon jerk blocking the closest door to my dorm room and having to walk around to two or three doors before being able to safely enter.

Of course, putting garbage cans right by the damn doors didn't help mattes any.

/intelligence? on my somewhat respectable university campus?


ftfm

/gotta love typos on posts biatching about a lack of intelligence
//sigh
 
2010-01-30 04:18:38 PM  
StreetlightInTheGhetto: The_Sponge: My college campus had a very large number of raccoons living on it.

/Aggressive bandit-looking mofos.

Mine did too.

Way too many stupid freezing cold nights coming back from a late class too a raccoon jerk blocking the closest door to my dorm room and having to walk around to two or three doors before being able to safely enter.

Of course, putting garbage cans right by the damn doors didn't help mattes any.

/intelligence? on my somewhat respectable university campus?



Lulz. One evening, one of them popped out of a dumpster and hissed at me....like a psychotic whack-a-mole.
 
2010-01-30 04:42:43 PM  
 
2010-01-30 05:14:43 PM  
Rant Casey wanted for questioning.
 
2010-01-30 05:23:05 PM  
JohnCarter: and this is why you need the small bore weapons - a 22 rifle is ideal - the basic varmint weapon

Though NYC is prettuy draconian about the whole firearm thing, so Manhattanites had best welcome their new Racoon overlords


you need a 223 vs a 22 rifle. The 22 would only slow them down a little bit.
 
2010-01-30 05:24:43 PM  
Why not just kill them? They're not endangered. Basically just overgrown rats.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-01-30 05:31:51 PM  
nlscb: Basically just overgrown rats.

More like undergrown bears -- order Carnovira, not Rodentia. The original Latin species name was Ursus lotor, "washing bear".
 
2010-01-30 06:47:54 PM  
"This guy has no flying experience at all. He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air. ... Yes, birds too."
 
2010-01-30 07:38:27 PM  
gamergirlddd: Just because they pretend to play nice... they're actually zombies in disguise waiting to go after our brains...

Raccoons commonly carry baylisascaris procyonis (a brain eating roundworm).

wikipedia: B. procyonis has become a concern for its potential use as an agent of bioterrorism. The fact that this parasite's eggs are easy to acquire, able to live for years, extremely resistant to many disinfectants and heat, and cause serious infections in humans with poor treatment options make it a very dangerous weapon.
 
2010-01-31 06:40:14 AM  
A couple years ago, a single racoon started showing up to get spilled bird seed, and my wife (ok, and I) felt sorry for it and started leaving a peanut butter sandwich out for it.
It got tamer, and would come to our back door and take it from our hand with its paw.
Last spring it showed up with three little raccoons, all of whom it (ok, I guess we can call it "she" at this point) taught to line up on our deck and look cute. Yeah, peanut butter started becoming a regular item on the grocery list.
Not sure what the heck we'll be dealing with come spring. But since this started, our garbage has never been torn up and they have never made a mess on the deck. And the neighbourhood cats keep well away, so none of that friggin' noise at night.
 
2010-01-31 06:17:47 PM  
I remember waiting for the bus in front of the Art & Architecture building on North Campus. This raccoon climbs out of the trash can right next to the bus stop and just wanders off without giving me a second look. I didn't try to pet it.
 
Displayed 31 of 31 comments



This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report