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Raccoon scare reported on greenway

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Tim Langley with Greenville animal protective services talks about being watchful while on the Greenway on Dec. 14, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Greenville Animal Protective Services officials said an encounter with a raccoon on the greenway caused a bit of a scare Thursday, and they warned residents to remain cautious when walking through the critters’ homes. 

Posts on two of the City of Greenville’s Twitter accounts warned residents about 2:30 p.m. to stay clear of the greenway near Second Street and Cemetery Drive. The release said that contractors performing tests in the area accidentally stirred up a nest of “not so friendly raccoons.”

Three animal control officers arrived on the scene and began searching for the reported raccoons. Supervisor Tim Langley said he believed the reports from the contractor, and another from residents, were about a singular raccoon. He said while officers were not able to find the raccoon in question, and it remains at large, he believed the area was safe for residents.

Langley said agitated raccoons are common in this season, and it most likely was a mother raccoon being territorial. Residents should always exercise caution when entering wooded areas, he said.

“Part of the greenway is going out and preserving nature, and sometimes you’ll encounter wildlife,” Langley said. “So we always just advise citizens to be cautious when they’re walking the greenway, and if they observe an animal that may be acting a little out of the ordinary, call the police department. I’d rather come out and just take a look, I’d rather be safe then sorry in these types of situations.” 

Langley said protective services often receives reports of animals on the greenway, including raccoons, deer and even bear cubs. He said that it is important to remember that most of the animals fear humans, especially when humans are in the animals’ natural habitat. 

“At the end of the day it’s not as big of a worry when we get reports of animals in areas like this,” he said. “We’d much rather a raccoon be in its home than six blocks away in another person’s home.” 

Contact Seth Gulledge at Sgulledge@reflector.com and 329-9579. Follow him on Twitter @GulledgeSeth

 

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