Monday, April 16, 2012

Raccoon Attacks Close Merritt Island Kiwanis Island Park


MERRITT ISLAND, Florida - Two apparent raccoon attacks have temporarily closed Kiwanis Island Park to the public until further notice.  

Brevard County Parks and Recreation closed Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island, Florida after one raccoon attack was reported this past Wednesday, April 11, 2012, and a separate raccoon incident was reported Friday afternoon. 

Brevard County Animal Services trapped two raccoons on Saturday, and another trapper contracted by Parks and Recreation trapped two more raccoons at the park Sunday morning.

It is not known what prompted the altercations between the raccoons and park patrons, said Parks and Recreation Director Jack Masson.


Masson said he will make an assessment Monday morning on when to reopen the park.


“We will err on the safe side,” Masson said Sunday.


Masson said the first altercation was reported Wednesday by a woman who was eating lunch under a park pavilion.  She was transported for medical treatment, but the extent of her injuries was unknown.  Then, on Friday, a mother and child were on the playground when the child was reportedly bitten by a raccoon.  The county Health Department was notified, which is procedure anytime a bite is reported, Masson said.


Kiwanis Island Park is located on State Road 520 on Merritt Island, Florida.


UPDATE:Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island Reopens After Raccoon Attacks

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's called a gun. You put ammo in it, aim it at the critters causing trouble, and pull the trigger. Raccoons are not endangered. They are, in fact, overpopulated. Kill them. If any test for rabies, thin the whole area's population.

This. is. a. stupid. problem. to. have.

Gunny G said...

Whoda thunk it? Flash mob attacks by raccoons. Jesse and Al must have rabble roused them!

Anonymous said...

Make sure it's an AK-47 and just spray the whole area. So what if you hit a few kids. Collateral damage.

Anonymous said...

Import some pythons from south Florida.

Anonymous said...

Damned 'coons.

Anonymous said...

A-hole. The problem we have is overpopulation of people, especially too many morons like you.

Anonymous said...

wow you really are STUPID MUST BE A DEMOCRAT

Anonymous said...

A .22 caliber rifle and two dollars worth of ammunition will solve the whole problem in one afternoon. Raccoons are very smart animals. Shoot one or two and the rest will be gone in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

Overpopulated? We have enough land on earth to fit 100 persons per square mile. That is not overcrowded. The cities are overcrowded with their 66940 persons per square mile.

Anonymous said...

Wildlife Services really need to do something with the raccoon population in our FL parks, they are getting very bold with the amount of people we have in the parks. Luckily, no one was seriously injured this time.
A few years ago, we were camping in St. Augustine Anastasia State Park and had a raccoon fight my husband one night over the trash bag. We were about to go to bed for the night and he grabbed the trash to take it to the dumpster. Little did either of us realize a raccoon was behind the tree we had the trash against. He grabbed onto the bottom of the bag as my husband pulled it from our can and wouldn't let go. Totally nuts! They aren't afraid of people anymore because they are around us all the time. Another time, same place, one walked right thru our site with a baby trailing her, and we were sitting right next to a fire, talking.

Anonymous said...

Don't kill anything you're not going to eat. This is probable a mother with a litter to protect.

Anonymous said...

A raccoon altercation? That's what the media usually calls 10 ghetto thugs kicking an old man in the street.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Someone is upset at the idea of killing some racoons. Unfortunately people like them will spend a few hundred per animal rounding them up so they can be euthanized elsewhere - out of sight of the PC crowd among us. Of course, now that I said that, it is possible the cost will jump to a few thousand per animal so that we can relocate them into a "protective habitat."


FWIW, the parks are full of eager squirrels and other vermin. People feed those things every chance they get, so the animals become desensitized to people and end up becoming aggressive towards them. I have seen folks dump their food and take off because of it.

Shooting is tough in an suburban area until they are treed - shotguns pointing up into branches are safer than .22's in any direction. Just pick the right load and the scatter is no problem.

This tells me we need to use dogs first.

Introducing: Kiwanis 'Coon Hunt 2012 (tm)

It even has a ring. Florida could sell permits and end up on top with the budget.

You heard it here, first.

Anonymous said...

The problem is stupid people that think its cute to feed racoons. They will get so tame they will eat from your hand and then all of a sudden bite the hand that feeds them. A few years ago, some land by my house was cleared and I got so many coons in my yard
it was hard to get from my car into my house.
Once bitten you have to get rabies shots.

Anonymous said...

I am a parent with a 3 year old and 10 month old to protect. Racoons are vermin and carry disease. They are aggressive and biting small children.

What part of "vermin" do you not get?

People like you cause this problem. You feed the fuzzy creatures and cry every time we need to cull them down.

When animals become so aggressive that they are attacking people, they need to be put down. You worry about a "mother [raccoon] with a litter". I worry about my kids.

Do you now see the problem, or is the raccoon worth more than my child?

Anonymous said...

The shots are not as bad as they once were, but they are not fun. Neither is the cost of an ER visit.

Anonymous said...

Hear hear...culling keeps the rabid, diseased animals at bay. Since there are no Florida panthers, etc to naturally take out the bottom of the barrel. They make great caps and flies for fishing.

Anonymous said...

That sounded like 'punks'...

Anonymous said...

Hear hear!!!

Anonymous said...

More like an overpopulation of bleeding hearts like yourself, moron.

Anonymous said...

Next to bats racoons are the main carriers of rabies, especially up and down the east coast. I sure hope the health department recommends the vaccine for these people.

Anonymous said...

I have had several brushes with raccoons. When they want to fight their fur puffs up like dogs and that makes them appear even larger
In one instant I watched a pack of them operate like commando's: We were Boys Scouts camping out and using lean-two's that were situated in a circle. One lean-two left their cooler with meats at the tip of the structure. Via camp fire light I watched one raccoon jump into the lean-two, between those bedded down and the cooler. It stood on its hind legs, barked and growled among other fearsome noises and was brandishing it's claws. The boys inside stood up, went to the back of the structure and were screaming. A line of other raccoons then opened the cooler and each one grabbed something. In a flash, the racoon inside the structure leaped out and vanished. The entire affair took about 7 seconds. I marveled at the coordination of the racoons without verbal communication.

Anonymous said...

Good. Kill the mother and the kits (pups?) will die as well. Think about how many racoons that takes out...

Anonymous said...

People have been feeding them; now people = food. Kind of like gators.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see a mean Coon come on over to South Dallas!!!

Anonymous said...

you guys are gay

BodieInSD said...

Anonymous posting at 1:51 PM-
Please, if you actually believe your own post, take the small effort and snuff out your own life. I know it is only one less person, but it will decrease the stupidity to a much greater degree. Something tells me you do not believe your crap enough to actually follow through on this entirely logical recomendation.

Anonymous said...

You two are aware that since your both anonymous it appears to the world at large like your just one nutter haveing a hardy ideaological disagreement with yourself...Damn I'm going to be anonymous too...crazy is catching!

Anonymous said...

I think coon hunting is making a comeback.

Anonymous said...

How about feeding moma coon contraceptives during breeding season?

Anonymous said...

You are a slave. If you get bit by a coon sit down and shut-up. Go back to work. Shut your mouth slave. If you disagree with me your racist and need to be lobotomized. If you disagree with Obamacare your also racist and hate women. If you get beat up by a coon at a park you're pathetic and weak. If you can't protect your children from a coon you need a man that still has his nuts. Many men today do not have their nuts. Sit down and shut your mouths' nuthuggin hippie subhumans.

Anonymous said...

Just send in the Michigan wildlife nazis - they are executing innocent farmer's pigs ( like today ) - this will be good takeover training

Red Stater said...

I think I'll go out and kill a few racoons just to piss off you bed wetting vermin loving libtards.

Anonymous said...

Coons try and get on the porch and mama just chase em away with a broom.
Love,
Forrest Gump

Anonymous said...

80% of the time you see a Raccoon during the day it is Rabid. Raccoons, even ones that are taught to feed from people's hands, are incredibly skittish. If you see one that is brave, it's probably because it's mind is gone, ruined by Rabies.

JohnDaniel said...

hey all you cloned anonymouses, sign up and give yourselves a user name. It appears here that anonymous is arguing with himself.

Anonymous said...

I hear the raccoon was masked.

Anonymous said...

you can't shoot them in Florida any longer because it appears like they are wearing hoodies.

Anonymous said...

all you PETA wh ores, get a life. Ask yourself "if PETA cares so much about the killing of animals, then why do they not care about the killing of innocent babies? Ask them their stance on Abortion. PETA thinks that animals are higher than humans. In their case, it appears to be true.

By the way, also ask how many stray animals that PETA euthanizes each year. Bet they won't tell you that answer!! Thousands upon thousands.

Robert said...

Stay in the ocean. It's nicer there...

Anonymous said...

all the coon wanted was some skittles and ice tea.

Jim said...

Call The Wildlife Professionals!! :)

Anonymous said...

I suppose you missed the ISLAND part of Merritt Island? It is absolutely possible for the island to be overpopulated. Coons eat garbage and get fat, and there are no predators. A cull would be an excellent idea.

Anonymous said...

ya racoons over people your the asshole

Anonymous said...

KOONS GONE WILD

Anonymous said...

A coon can cause very real damage when it attacks, just as bad if not worse than a 40 pound dog. They have wicked canine teeth and are not afraid to use them. My 65 yr old mom got attacked by one with distemper as she went out to pick up the newspaper, it latched onto her leg and tore it up good. Raccoon populations need to be kept in check.

Anonymous said...

kill the coons!

Anonymous said...

Shabingo! Better get rae rae and the ecopals on the case.

Anonymous said...

Racoons serve no purpose. Get rid of them.

Jamal Jenkums said...

Was the coon wearing a hoodie and carrying stolen skittles? Let Zman out and he will hunt down and shoot every last one of these stinky feral coons!

Anonymous said...

Tasty especially when young -even better than cat.

Anonymous said...

Raccoons like fried chicken, are easy to catch in the traps and drown quickly. My concern is property damage. They get into anything and rip it up, setting up camp in your boats, attics, and sheds. Let the killing begin!

Anonymous said...

Raccoons are cute in cartoons, especially when given the ability to speak like humans. I've lived on the fringe of rural and if you have small like chickens or rabbits raccoons will chow down on them unless you gun them down. A couple of good dogs and a .22 rifle is all you need. Our founding fathers ate raccoon and opposums to supplement their meager diets. If Obama continues to inflate our deficit we may one day soon find ourselves fighting over raccoon hunting grounds.

Anonymous said...

Let's see, humans kill all the top predators like the panthers, make themselves the top predator, then let all the women take over and force them to stop predating. So the vermin run free. And when the raccoons start biting, who is to fault? Must the those violent men who are to blame. Its always the man's fault.

Shoot the racoons! Problem solved.

Scumbuster said...

KILL ALL COONS.

Anonymous said...

It's all Bush's fault

Anonymous said...

Oh brother,
1. Man is lord over his domain, ergo, sucks to be a raccoon.

2. easiest animal ever to trap. even easier to relocate.

3. only people who think racoons are smart have never played scrabble with them.

Anonymous said...

If you wish to gather up enough friends with money to afford "relocation", then please do so. I suggest you relocate these aggressive critters to your backyard. Then you can know what it is like to have to run from animals with razor claws and teeth who are not afraid of you and see you as a quick and easy way to find food - the food other nuts like you fed them.

Relocate to your house all you want. But don't think taxpayers should pay for it.

City Troll said...

yeah that,s it Bush's fault Jessie said it "Stay outta the Bushes" now we know why the coons will git ya....lol

Anonymous said...

Release a python in the park and soon the the problem is solved. Catch the python and relocate to the grill and boot store.

Anonymous said...

Must be a Democrat coon like the president they gotta go thin them out

thecoolguy said...

bunny hug libbers why dont you trap them give them birth control or an abortion LOL

Anonymous said...

THROW A ROCK CONCERT there! The noise and poeple will drive the animals away. The concert will raise money for the park and HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. They kids will get something to do and stop comitting crimes out of boredom so the crime rate will go down IMPROVING THE COMMUNITY. EVERYONE WINS ALL AROUND!

Anonymous said...

Racoons out in the middle of the day, showing no fear of humans, means one thing. All you tree huggers that want to go save Rocky Racoon better be up to date on your Rabies vaccinations..

Anonymous said...

Umm... no
A raccoon out in the middle of the day showing no fear of humans is a dangerous and probably rabid... actually rule of thumb is, you don't take any chances, you eradicate them. Better one less raccoon that a child gets injured.
These are not cuddly little pets, these are very dangerous animals that can kill a dog many times larger than themselves.

Anonymous said...

Wow what a response! PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals. Racoons taste a little like house cats, but barn rats are better. I'm not "Fuzzy" about animals, nor Do fear them. I have walked upon a momma and her babies. She rose on her back legs to look bigger, and I walked around her. She will bite if you try to pet her or get near her babies. I also found a baby Rattle snake on the golf course. I went to pick up and move it, and then it coiled to strike. I then decided to use the putting club instead. I could have shot them both (I have a conceal carry permit), but why? Insect bits do more damage. you tough ladies should go kill a fly, you will feel better.

Anonymous said...

Bust out the green spotlight, a .22, and a brick of ammo. Problem solved.
Or better yet, ban the bleeding-hearts from the park who are probably feeding the wild animals and getting them accustomed to close contact with humans.

Anonymous said...

yall, this can be solved with math...

.22 + .25 + .38 + .45 + 410 + 12 = the amount of raccoons that would be alive if they were not living off our garbage. They are like rats, they overbreed because of humans.

send out a couple of 12yr old boys with .22's instead of sticking them in front of an x-box and " call of duty "

Anonymous said...

"A-hole. The problem we have is overpopulation of people, especially too many morons like you."-

Yikes yr dumb

Anonymous said...

This article is racist.

Anonymous said...

is this coon's name trayvon?

Anonymous said...

I guess if I showed pictures of a raid on a hen house by a family of raccoons ,most bleeding hearts would agree. Kill those predators.. For all those animal lovers - who feed them and keep them from moving on is a DEATH SENTENCE as they are and always will be predators and get hunted down as such.

bagheerasblog said...

Best post yet!

Nick Danger said...

Are you a veterinarian or just experienced in animal husbandry? Site your credentials! IF YOU SEE A RACCOON IN THE DAY IT MEANS THEY ARE HUNGRY! Daytime sitings are NOT unusual behaviour. Bunch of know-nothings siting old wives tales and urban legends as if you were knowledgeable about such things.

Anonymous said...

Huge coons live at the campus in Monterey. I used to get drunk and chase them around. Eventually I would catch up and dribble the coons like a soccer ball. One time a buddy climbed a tree after one and shook it off the branch it was in. So funny when it hit the ground. Another time I punched one as it tried to escape up the tree.

Anonymous said...

The solution is simple for conservatives: Obtain a CCW and defend yourself. Raccoons attack, dead raccoon.

For liberals, however, the solution is to call PETA, feed the raccoons, cower, and then get bitten.

Anonymous said...

See even the raccoons hate Demorats.

dunce said...

I know you are just joking but many of us have eaten raccoon and it is very greasy and tastes much like pork. FYI

Anonymous said...

It is bad there. My wife & I had one trying to get into a cooler @ night. It was massive from ripping off camp food and showed 0 fear of humans. Looks like a common FL park issue

Anonymous said...

Those animal rights people are pro abortion I bet....

Ranger Ric said...

Hey, I'm a conservative Republican and also a wildlife biologist. You can talk about shooting the raccoons all you want, it won't solve the probelm. I'm telling you, every single place where raccoons are overpopulated it's because people are slobs and leave garbage everywhere. Learn a little self-discipline and pride in your neighborhood, teach kids not to throw their garbage everywhere, and the raccoons will disappear. Don't rely on the government to solve your problems.

JimT said...

For over a decade we've been visited in the evenings by reccoons from near-by woods. Building projects have encrouched on their habitat, so we often scatter some hard cat food on our back patio for them. They have never been a problem. In fact, our cats ignore them and they ignore our cats.

Perhaps they will get a littly testy with kids, who may be overly bold and treat them as if they were the family cat or dog. In such cases the raccoons are being defensive, especially if accompanied by their young. Keeping the peace is best achieved by practicing common sense.

Anonymous said...

Yes, killing raccoons is wrong because they are sooooo cute. Actually, killing most ~any~ animal is wrong, because animals are better (and more moral!) than people because they don't hurt you or break your heart the way human beings do. I have to go back to my 17 cats now, bye y'all!

Anonymous said...

When raccoons are outlawed, only outlaws will have raccoons.

Anonymous said...

were these coons wearing hoodies?

Anonymous said...

When I was much younger back in the 50's we used to hunt Racoons with a .22 and a 12 Gauge for a backup in case the .22 was not too well placed. We did not like to use the 12 gauge since the pellets are hard to find in the meat and are hard on the teeth.

We found them to be excellent table fare. Everbody had a coon skin hat and tails for thier bicycle handlebars.

Anonymous said...

But was the coon wearing a hoodie??

Anonymous said...

Good Lord but you are a stupid person.
Your silly rant indicates you know nothing about animals, but seem to have begun a census to find out how many nuts are left on men in Florida.
Stupid and Perverse, you take the cake cupcake!

Rusty Bolts said...

Trap and drown or just shoot them. You won't get rid of all of them, no matter what method you use.

Raccoons are mean little bastards. Maybe we should trap and ship them to the nearest occupy movement. Could get rid of two problems with the same solution.

Old Southern Fellow said...

For goodness sake, let's get serious here. When will the rabies tests come back? These tests should be put at highest priority at lab. If rabid, this "raccoon problem" may have far more serious ramifications. Back in the 1960's in Tennessee, we'd see a rabies outbreak approx. every seven (7) years. If you're having an outbreak, you'll have to utterly thin-out both the raccoon and feral dog populations. Lotta work ahead for you all, God's speed.

Anonymous said...

Amazing to hear some of you animal-right-nut-jobs speak against killing the racoons. Ya, let them run freely so they can bite all the little kids trying to play in the park.... You sick people put animals above people, disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an episode of The Regular Show.

Where's Hi 5 Ghost, Pops, Muscle Man and Skips..

Anonymous said...

racists!

Anonymous said...

These black thugs are out of control here.
Oh wait...we are talking about blacks causing trouble in the park right?
My bad.

Anonymous said...

You are an IDIOT!

Your moronic attitude doesn't only bring problems to animals but to human beings too.

MORON!

Anonymous said...

Those coons could be obama's sons

Anonymous said...

Time to call in the PT clean up crew!


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