Friday, September 18, 2015
The raccoons may have been displaced from the shores of the Gowanus Canal because of the ongoing construction at the large Lightstone site. In effect, the problem seems to be worse along Hoyt and Bond Street near 2nd Street, the block adjacent to the construction site.
Concerned homeowners have reached out to Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, who sent out the following message to the community asking for help.
There is a growing raccoon population in Carroll Gardens – including a large number living on the block bounded by Bond/Hoyt and 2nd/3rd. They appear to have come from previously empty lots and warehouses near Lightstone.
SOME BASICS: Raccoon populations do not grow as quickly as rodents but they do grow. They tend not to be aggressive, but can carry rabies and usually leave eggs with roundworm [in their feces], which is a health hazard.
We will be scheduling a walk-through with the NYC Dep’t of Health to evaluate how to alleviate the situation -- but first, we need your help to collect more information!
Here’s what we need from you:
· personal reports of raccoon sightings in your neighborhood,
· pictures and videos of raccoons if you can capture any,
· offering your space for inspection if you suspect any raccoon activity in and around your home -- and finally,
· asking your neighbors to do the same.
From talking with animal rescue people, the ideal time to relocate the raccoons is the month of September!
Please contact Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon’s office with any of the above information at 718-246-4889, or drop by at 314 Smith Street.
Incidentally, one of my neighbors just told my husband that she saw a raccoon in her backyard a few days ago. I have not yet spotted it.
Have you noticed this increase in raccoons?
(The photo of the raccoon above was taken by me a few years back in Sunset Park)