$1K Reward Offered for Info About Raccoon Found Shot

The raccoon, found in South San Francisco, had to be euthanized.

By Bay City News

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA announced a $1,000 reward today for information about a raccoon that was found shot in South San Francisco last weekend.

The raccoon was found near the 700 block of Palm Avenue on Sunday morning, animal center officials said.

The animal looked dazed and was resting its head on a curb. Center officials brought the animal to the Wildlife Rescue Center at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

At the center, the raccoon -- determined to be an adult female with healthy skin and fur -- was conscious but unresponsive to stimuli and would fall after briefly standing.

Once sedated, staff found injuries to the raccoon's forehead and a fragment of bone.

The raccoon was then euthanized.

The staff concluded there was a possibly the raccoon had been shot and after X-rays found that there was a lead pellet in its brain and one in its rear hips.

A possible second bullet was found in its head.

The society officials said this marks the 12th wildlife animal shot in the region since last December, which includes another raccoon hit in Palo Alto, a peregrine falcon near San Francisco International Airport and two crows from Redwood City.

Anyone with information about the raccoon shooting is asked to call the PHS/SPCA at (650) 340-7022, ext. 384.


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Tell us in the comments: If the shooter is found, what would be a fair punishment? 

Alan Dale Brown February 22, 2013 at 01:48 AM
If someone has long-term problems with a raccoon, and decides to shoot it, they do, and reasonably believe the animal may die in moments - that's not the act of a sadistic monster. It's ill-advised - a professional can handle it better (and there are companies which deal with this - not just animal control). But I wouldn't say the person is particularly sadistic. Natural death in the wild is not necessarily more pleasant than being shot.
Jim February 22, 2013 at 03:09 AM
My Akita's killed 3 racoons over the years in my back yard. I wish they were still alive today to deal with them.
mz lil mama February 22, 2013 at 08:19 AM
@ Vanessa - I totally disagree with everything your saying. Just all sounds so stupid to me! smh. Racoons are vicious, wild animals. Point blank. They kill pets and other REAL innocent ANIMALS. I'm sure who ever shot the coon meant to kill it instantly and not let it suffer.
Michael February 22, 2013 at 05:40 PM
To Jim, and others who may know: Will Akita's really do the job of getting the 'coons? If this is a good strategy I will certainly be in the market for a couple Akita's. My neighbor has also said this could be true, and says to have a pair of them, but we don't have any verified proof yet. We're at the point of desperation at this time in our area. Animal Services is a dead end. The 'coons are holed-up in our sewer openings for blocks and blocks. It's an invasion just after dark. At first I thought it was kind of funny and cute, but now after seeing the devaastation and killed pets I have to change my mind about the 'coons. They really won't back down when confronted at all; so beware and don't corner them. Don't mistakenly let them into your garage--a BIG no-no. And bring a flashlight with you when you go out at night; look for their eyes in the dark reflecting back at you. All the best to the posters on this seemingly silly topic, but isn't when you're up to your eyeballs in 'coons.
Sean palmer February 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I seen a dead raccoon in a garbage can at Orange Park. Defiantly looked suspicios ! Somebody seems to be hunting it seems ! If they shoot a raccoon who says they won't shoot your cat or dog should they meet! Death penalty for sure !


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