New Canaan Police Put Down Sick Raccoon on Valley Road [UPDATE]

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New Canaan police on the afternoon of April 2 put down a sick raccoon spotted in the area of 747 Valley Road.

The animal was walking in circles when police responded to the call at 5:52 p.m. that Wednesday, Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt said.

If residents ever have a question about wildlife, they should contact animal control, she said.

“I do field a lot of questions about wildlife in general—raccoons, skunks—a lot of their behavior is normal but their habits have changed because of their environment,” she said. “If you have roaming chickens, a raccoon will come out of a tree to get at that, and if you have garbage cans that are not secured or are in a wooden receptacle, then a raccoon will dig in the back and go through.”


Also: Police at 9:14 p.m. on April 6 responded to 128 Bald Hill Road on a report of an injured possum in the back yard. The residents there have a dog on the property, Kleinschmitt said.

[Correction: The raccoon original was described in the headline as ‘rabid.’ However, the animal did not contact either a human or domestic animal, so its corpse is not being tested.]

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