When a barking dog alerted Patrice LaSusa to three baby raccoons stranded at the base of a tree at her daughter’s Colonial Road house last Tuesday morning, one of the first things she noticed about the young mammals was that “they were scared to death.”
LaSusa phoned the Animal Control section of the New Canaan Police Department and Officer Allyson Halm rushed over, determining quickly that the wildlife had been orphaned. It is possible that the mother raccoon had been taken out with the garbage—an unfortunate and common occurrence, according to Halm. Two of the young raccoons ran off before Halm could rescue them, leaving just one to be saved and brought to a nonprofit organization in Weston that’s dedicated to wildlife preservation and land conservation. The incident, which captures much of what Animal Control officers do in New Canaan, also is prompting Halm to put out a call for volunteers to help transport the needy animals to Wildlife in Crisis. “It’s all I do, all day,” Halm said of New Canaan’s wildlife activity.