The Q at Parkside

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News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Raccoon You Believe This Guy?

Every night we're visited by the same guy. You might be too. I hear the varmints have been spotted on fire escapes even.

This guy we've taken to calling Don Rackles. He's been totally chill with the ferals we've been feeding, but when it comes to priorities he gets to eat first. What do you think? A problem that needs addressing? Or will these guys die out on their own? Trying to think what predators they have. Like cats, I can't think of any. Maybe really mean squirrels?


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Raccoon?!?! C'mon Newsman, how about the major restoration that just started on the clock tower?

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Already wrote about it. But yeah, I'll stop by and check the progress!

Anonymous said...

Feeding the cats inevitably means attracting raccoons, which are pests that spread disease. I wish people would stop feeding strays in our neighborhood as our area already has a raccoon infestation and it is very difficult to get rid of them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/nyregion/raccoons-invade-brooklyn.html?_r=0

patty1h said...

There are lots of stray feral cats in the alley behind my apartment building - it's the Kitty Underground Railroad. I haven't seen a raccoon hanging out with them but I swear I saw a possum back there about a month ago.

Anonymous said...

A raccoon "infestation" seems to be a bit of an overstatement. Surely if the raccoons, feral cats and possums can tolerate each other we can at least tolerate them. Raccoons -- or "trash pandas-- will find ways to eat, feral cat feeders or not. Try watching "Raccoon Nation" on Netflix.