Terrebonne Parish deputy, animal control officer help remove stowaway raccoon from boat

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COCODRIE, La. —

A stowaway, highly aggressive raccoon was safely removed from a boat Tuesday with the help of a Terrebonne Parish deputy and an animal control officer, officials said.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office’s water patrol unit was notified around 9:30 a.m. about a boater needing assistance in Terrebonne Bay about 3 miles from Cocodrie.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the boater needed help removing a raccoon that had managed to stow away on his 18-foot, outboard powered Carolina skiff. The boater told the sheriff’s office he went to a marshy area to try to remove the raccoon, but the animal “became highly aggressive” and he called for help.

One of the deputies arrived and also attempted to herd the adult raccoon from out of the rear storage area. Officials said the raccoon remained uncooperative, displaying aggressive and evasive behavior.

It wasn’t until an animal control officer stepped in and used a snare to remove the raccoon from the rear compartment when the vessel was towed to a dock. The raccoon was placed in a carry-on box and transported to the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter.

Neither the raccoon nor any of the people involved were injured.

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