A BC woman had to call the police from her car when an aggressive raccoon barred the front entrance of her home on May 26.
The Sechelt resident reported to the Sunshine Coast RCMP that despite attempts to “shoo it away,” the raccoon was defiant and showed no fear, refusing to leave the area.
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According to the RCMP, the resident called back a short while after her initial complaint, to let them know the hostile raccoon had eventually left on its own accord, allowing her to finally enter her home.
According to the BC SPCA, racoons are not dangerous to people.
Instead, they are usually just hungry.
“Access to human food (garbage, pet food or intentional feeding) decreases their fear of humans, and they may become aggressive toward food or injured pets,” says the organization.
If a raccoon does approach you, stamp your feet, clap your hands and make noise to scare the animal away.
“This may feel silly, but it is the best way to keep raccoons safe from people,” notes the SPCA.