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