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January 17, 2013
Ever had raccoon dig up your lawn? Melanie Polinger of Manhattan Beach is feeling your pain. She wrote into our SoCal Garden Clinic to say: "We replaced our backyard lawn with Marathon sod in December and the raccoons in the area have been rolling it up to hunt for grubs and worms almost daily. I return the sod to its original position, but I don't know how long the grass will be able to take this rotten treatment by the raccoons. "I have sprayed our surrounding walls with rodent/raccoon spray and sprinkled raccoon repellent around the perimeter of the grassy area.
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SCIENCE
July 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Before his heart, liver and kidneys were removed and sent to transplant recipients across the country, the organ donor had a history of trapping raccoons to use as live bait for training dogs and was twice bitten by the creatures, officials say. When he was admitted to a hospital with symptoms of rabies -- an inability to swallow liquids, seizures, tingling limbs and an altered mental state -- doctors believed he was suffering from food poisoning....
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SCIENCE
July 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Before his heart, liver and kidneys were removed and sent to transplant recipients across the country, the organ donor had a history of trapping raccoons to use as live bait for training dogs and was twice bitten by the creatures, officials say. When he was admitted to a hospital with symptoms of rabies -- an inability to swallow liquids, seizures, tingling limbs and an altered mental state -- doctors believed he was suffering from food poisoning....
NEWS
January 17, 2013
Ever had raccoon dig up your lawn? Melanie Polinger of Manhattan Beach is feeling your pain. She wrote into our SoCal Garden Clinic to say: "We replaced our backyard lawn with Marathon sod in December and the raccoons in the area have been rolling it up to hunt for grubs and worms almost daily. I return the sod to its original position, but I don't know how long the grass will be able to take this rotten treatment by the raccoons. "I have sprayed our surrounding walls with rodent/raccoon spray and sprinkled raccoon repellent around the perimeter of the grassy area.
SCIENCE
December 17, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun
An eerie new disease is cropping up among raccoons in Northern California and Oregon: brain tumors that may be linked to a previously unidentified virus discovered by a team led by UC Davis veterinarians and researchers. Necropsies conducted since 2010 have found brain tumors in 11 raccoons from Northern California and one from Oregon, the researchers said. All of the animals with tumors also had the virus scientists know as raccoon polyomavirus. "Previous to this, there had been two reports of a raccoon with a brain tumor over the past two decades," Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and principal author of a study on the malady published earlier this month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, said in an interview.
WORLD
September 26, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
NIESTE, Germany - The masked intruders who come regularly after dark don't fill Marga Trautmann-Winter with dread so much as irritation - lots of it. She finds evidence of their larceny at daybreak in her backyard, where plums have been pilfered, cherries picked and apples appropriated from her small orchard. But if she's lucky, she manages to turn the tables and ensnare one of the thieves, as has happened about 20 times in the last two years, including one recent morning. The bandit lay curled up in a metal cage, its drowsy expression turning to wariness, then narrow-eyed aggression as Trautmann-Winter approached.
REAL ESTATE
February 8, 1998 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
QUESTION: I live in Topanga Canyon, and in October I put down sod. About a month later, raccoons began to roll it up at night, presumably looking for grubs. I've tried Cayenne pepper sprays and even live trapping. I'm about to give up. Any suggestions? --A.B., Topanga ANSWER: You really shouldn't get me started on this subject. Maybe the raccoons are trying to tell you something: A sod lawn has no business in Topanga. Why move to the wilds only to bring along the suburban lawn?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2010 | STEVE LOPEZ
I was sleeping lightly Tuesday morning and the shaking woke me up, but I didn't think it was an earthquake at first. I thought it was raccoons or skunks tearing up the frontyard again. I jumped off the sofa with my camera, ready to take their pictures, then realized my mistake. Let me explain. I had been asked by an animal communicator to photograph the invaders if at all possible. Dana Miller, of the Sunland-Tujunga area, says she is better able to "connect" with animals if she's got their photos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly every night in the Temple Hills neighborhood, residents have come to expect a certain rotund raccoon waddling to their back doors, sniffing for scraps left out by the neighbors. Dubbed "Rocky," the friendly raccoon has become a fixture in the area. So on Thursday morning, when Rocky was discovered wedged in a storm drain on Terrace Way, a hairbreadth away from certain death, a neighbor placed a frantic call to Laguna Beach police.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A small band of masked intruders has broken into the secure White House grounds and has evaded capture by agents of the new Obama administration, officials said. The National Park Service is in pursuit of one very large raccoon and several medium-sized raccoons, which have been spotted roaming the grounds around the executive mansion and the West Wing, a spokesman said. "The idea of raccoons on the White House grounds give us great pause," spokesman Bill Burton said. So far, the raccoons have evaded capture despite several "live traps," which are essentially cages with one-way doors to keep the animals inside.
SCIENCE
December 17, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun
An eerie new disease is cropping up among raccoons in Northern California and Oregon: brain tumors that may be linked to a previously unidentified virus discovered by a team led by UC Davis veterinarians and researchers. Necropsies conducted since 2010 have found brain tumors in 11 raccoons from Northern California and one from Oregon, the researchers said. All of the animals with tumors also had the virus scientists know as raccoon polyomavirus. "Previous to this, there had been two reports of a raccoon with a brain tumor over the past two decades," Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and principal author of a study on the malady published earlier this month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Details," an offbeat, original, pitch dark comedy for adults, offers a chancy return role for ex-"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire, who's been largely (and sadly) absent from the big screen of late. As Jeff Lang, an OB-GYN whose routine life snowballs into a suburban hell after a sod-swallowing raccoon starts tearing up his backyard, Maguire tilts his nice-guy persona on its ear while effectively maintaining a kind of "who me?" - and "why me?" - innocence. It's a nutty and surprising ride steered by writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes in his first turn behind the camera since 2004's fine "Mean Creek.
WORLD
September 26, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
NIESTE, Germany - The masked intruders who come regularly after dark don't fill Marga Trautmann-Winter with dread so much as irritation - lots of it. She finds evidence of their larceny at daybreak in her backyard, where plums have been pilfered, cherries picked and apples appropriated from her small orchard. But if she's lucky, she manages to turn the tables and ensnare one of the thieves, as has happened about 20 times in the last two years, including one recent morning. The bandit lay curled up in a metal cage, its drowsy expression turning to wariness, then narrow-eyed aggression as Trautmann-Winter approached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Rachel Campos de Ivanov was walking her dog last Sunday night when she saw two eyes glowing in the darkness. Her border terrier barked furiously. The eyes came closer, and she discerned a masked furry critter. She turned away and her pursuer, a raccoon, charged. Then four other raccoons dropped from the trees and joined the chase. "I was running as fast as I could and screaming at the top of my lungs, 'Help! Help! Help!' " said the East Bay resident. "I ran about a third of a block, then tripped and fell on the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Yes, I am a skeptic. But Dana Miller, an animal communicator, asked me to keep an open mind, and I'm trying. There was a St. Francis of Assisi, so why can't there be a St. Dana of Sunland-Tujunga? I went to see Miller, you may recall, in an act of desperation. Raccoons and skunks have torn up my yard too many times to count, and none of the remedies have worked, including coyote urine and mothballs. I asked Miller, who says she can "connect" with lost animals and help guide them back home, if she could connect with my raccoons and skunks and tell them to go bother somebody else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Maybe Brian the dog is just a better conversationalist than Steve Lopez's marauding raccoons. Lopez enlisted an animal psychic to persuade the raccoons destroying his yard to lay off. Psychic Dana Miller is trying to reason with them -- as Lopez relayed in his Wednesday column -- but conversing with raccoons isn't as easy as chatting with dogs, it seems. Miller had no trouble connecting with Brian, a tiny white Maltese who disappeared three years ago from his Tujunga front yard.
REAL ESTATE
February 22, 1998
Robert Smaus' reply to a Topanga resident who asked how to keep raccoons from disturbing a newly laid sod lawn ("Nature Is Cheering for the Raccoons," Feb. 8) was to berate him for having a sod lawn. What a cop-out! The poor guy just wanted a solution to his problem, not a lecture by some nature freak. Why can't he have a sod lawn if he wants? Who is Smaus to tell others what they may and may not grow in a rural area? I have had the same problem with lawn, and I thought it was my neighbor's Vietnamese pig that occasionally roams the neighborhood until I caught the raccoons green-handed.
NEWS
March 2, 2004 | John Bowers, Special to The Times
SIX BLACK-MASKED bandits are wreaking havoc along security fences at Terminal Island's federal correctional institution, disturbing the population confined there, although the commotion is warmly welcomed by most of the inhabitants. The Clyde family of raccoons scurries along the beach, setting off motion sensors as they parade through the man-made underbrush of razor-wire and hurricane fencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2010 | STEVE LOPEZ
I was sleeping lightly Tuesday morning and the shaking woke me up, but I didn't think it was an earthquake at first. I thought it was raccoons or skunks tearing up the frontyard again. I jumped off the sofa with my camera, ready to take their pictures, then realized my mistake. Let me explain. I had been asked by an animal communicator to photograph the invaders if at all possible. Dana Miller, of the Sunland-Tujunga area, says she is better able to "connect" with animals if she's got their photos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins
A raccoon somehow slipped out of its cage at a Bakersfield zoo and attacked a man and his 8-year-old daughter, gnawing into the man's finger and clawing his legs in what he described as a bloody wrestling match that lasted several minutes. Ian Smith, an unemployed 30-year-old medical supply salesman and competitive kick boxer, received about 20 rabies shots around his gashes and puncture wounds after Sunday's encounter. The raccoon, which was euthanized, proved not to be rabid, sparing Smith further injections.
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