Those cute coons could cause you some ugly damage

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Masked bandits are invading Frankfort homes and Steve Clark of the Frankfort Police Department says he caught one in the act.

"I've never seen a house torn up as bad as it was," said Clark. "It just didn't look like the kind of damage a human could have done."

That's because the bandit was a raccoon, which Clark found crouching in a kitchen cabinet after he responded to the burglary call. This type of case is far from rare, according to Complete Wildlife Solutions owner Paul Brooker.

"It's a big problem," said Brooker. "Raccoons are my best customers."

"We always seem to have a number of raccoon jobs (in Frankfort)," agreed Chris Christensen, owner of Critter Control in Lexington, a company that also services Frankfort. He said the most common means for raccoons to enter a home are through chimneys, vents and holes in the structure.

"If they can get their head through it, they can get their whole body through it," said Christensen, "and quicker than you can say 'Jack Sprat.'

"They'll check that house out for any weakness ... then they'll go right in," he said.

Brooker said if sounds come from an attic at night, 90 percent of the time it's raccoon. If it's during the day, though, it's probably a squirrel, the other major nuisance animal in the area.

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