At the Stop and Save in Richwood, you’ll find lottery tickets, beer and fishing bait, plus a gaze of raccoons–that’s what they’re called in groups. They’ve taken up residence in the woods behind the store.
They are more beggars than bandits, and Rutkowske says she’s counted as many as 62 at one time.
“They’re just gentle, and they’re sweet,” said Rutkowske. “I had one when I was little, so I’m kind of partial to them.”
“They’re a wild animal,” said Keith Crenshaw, an urban wildlife biologist. “If you come across a female protecting her young, there’s no telling what they will do.”
They’re also known to carry rabies and distemper.