The Hear-Old article tries to catch Miller up with the other two Sheriff candidates’ tabloid fodder.
While serving as Pacific Grove’s police chief, he says he refused to bow to pressure from City Council members who wanted friends promoted and traffic tickets forgiven, and that he did the right thing in firing parking enforcement officer Rhonda Ramey, whom he suspected of wrongfully ticketing cars so she could obtain title to them.
Scott Miller Makes Good Copy
“Fall always brings on an increase in ‘coon activity,'” said Pacific Grove animal control officer Elizabeth Yeo, “due to the nature of the animal.”
officials said the trick to keeping raccoons at bay is to make backyards and businesses uninviting: Secure garbage can lids, pick up fallen fruit, avoid leaving pet food and water bowls outside at night, and close off crawl spaces under houses and decks.
Yep. Secure your garbage. This website says it all the time . .
Raccoons Stepping Up
Of special concern in the Monterey Bay area is humans and domestic animals coming in close contact with raccoons. Besides the fact that raccoons in urban or suburban areas tend to be aggressive and can attack pets and people, they are also carriers of the roundworm parasite called Baylisascaris procyonis.
Raccoons become infected with this roundworm either by ingesting infective eggs from contaminated feces of other raccoons, or by eating infected small animals (rabbits, rodents and birds). Raccoons are asymptomatic carriers, which means that the parasite typically doesn’t cause them any problems, but they shed eggs in their feces which become infective to other animals three to four weeks after they are excreted.
Cover your garbage!
Don’t Sustain The Raccoons
When PG&E workers realized the animal was sitting on the line, they shut off the power, said company spokesman Jeff Smith.
Here, however, the company — and thousands of customers who needed electricity — were unlucky: The raccoon was licking its paws on the piece of equipment that shuts down electric flow.
“That meant we had to go to a bigger one down the line,” Smith said.
Instead of 200 or 300 customers, about 6,600 houses and shops in Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and Monterey’s Cannery Row were in the dark, he said.
Power Grid Shuts Down for a RACCOON?
Children getting perminantly crippled by parasites in raccoon poop.
The experts warn parents to watch their children carefully when playing in areas with known populations of raccoon latrines.
“If children are seen to ingest material from a raccoon latrine, the drug albendazole should be administered immediately,” Murray said, “and a sample should be sent for expert examination for Baylisascaris procyonis eggs.” Everyone should thoroughly wash their hands after playing outdoors or working in the yard.
Murray’s best advice for people with persistent raccoons at their home is to discourage the animals by eliminating access where possible, never leaving food out, and removing feces promptly. “The eggs are not infective until they ‘age’ for 14 to 28 days, so if the droppings are cleaned up immediately there is no danger,” Murray said.
Raccoons Bad For More Than Just Tipped Trash Cans