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The South End's raccoon problem is hardly new, but the Union Park Neighborhood Association has decided to hire a company to trap the furry and infamously fat neighbors.
"It seems appropriate," says Union Park president Jerry Frank. "It benefits everyone, and no one person should be saddled with the cost."
Critter Control will set out traps Monday baited with marshmallows and strawberry daiquiri mix, according to Frank, who added, "our yard smells pretty good at the moment."
If they don't catch the raccoons by Friday, they'll turn off the traps over the weekend, and set them again next week.
There's little the city's Animal Control Department can do about urban wildlife, unless they get inside a home, are injured, or need to be quarantined after biting someone.
Frank says this is not the first time he's encountered raccoons in his 20 years living in the South End. The newest culprits have been rifling through trash, peering into windows, and eating koi out of residents' ponds.
"We have a family or a colony. Either that, or it's a pair of raccoons who really get around," said Frank, who added that the neighborhood has grappled with rats and pigeons in the past and that he's also smelled skunks in the area.
"That's urban living for you," he said.
Credits: By Cara Bayles, Town Correspondent - Boston.com