Warning: Raccoons Found With Exceptional Burglary Skills

Warning of Raccoons Found With Exceptional Burglary Skills
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
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NASHUA — December 7, 2023 at 7:13 am PST — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFGD) is issuing a unique and important alert to residents of Nashua concerning an extraordinary family of raccoons that have displayed remarkable intelligence and resourcefulness. These raccoons have not only mastered the art of tool use but have also developed an uncanny ability to guess the location of spare keys, using them to gain access to locked homes and helping themselves to leftover meals.

Raccoons are known for their cleverness and adaptability, and this particular family has taken these traits to new heights. Their intelligence has enabled them to become urban foragers, and their cleanliness within homes has added an unusual twist to the situation.

Raccoons are naturally inquisitive and quick learners, and their behavior often reflects their incredible problem-solving abilities. They are known to have strong memories and are capable of adapting to new challenges, making them one of the most intelligent urban wildlife species. This family of raccoons, however, seems to have gone above and beyond in terms of their cognitive abilities.

These raccoons have been observed using a variety of tools, such as sticks and rocks, to open doors, windows, and even some types of locks. What’s even more astonishing is their knack for discovering hidden spare keys. They seem to possess an uncanny ability to guess the locations where homeowners stash these keys, using them to gain access to locked homes with ease.

Once inside, the raccoons have been helping themselves to leftover meals and other food items, leaving homeowners astonished and concerned about their security. This behavior poses not only a potential threat to the residents’ property but also a health risk due to the possibility of contamination by these wild animals.

NHFGD urges Nashua residents to take precautionary measures to protect their homes and food from these crafty raccoons:

  1. Secure Spare Keys: It is strongly recommended to avoid storing spare keys in easily accessible or predictable locations. Consider investing in a secure key storage solution that can withstand raccoon curiosity.
  2. Lock Doors and Windows: Ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked, especially when leaving the home or retiring for the night. Raccoons are opportunistic and can take advantage of unlocked entry points.
  3. Secure Trash Bins: Raccoons are attracted to food sources, so secure trash bins with tight-fitting lids to prevent them from scavenging for leftovers.
  4. Pet Food Storage: Store pet food indoors or in sealed containers to prevent raccoons from helping themselves.
  5. Contact Professionals: If you suspect raccoons have gained access to your home or property, do not attempt to handle the situation on your own. Contact a local wildlife control professional or NHFGD for assistance.

While these raccoons are indeed remarkable in their abilities, it is essential for residents to prioritize their safety and protect their homes. NHFGD is committed to working with Nashua residents to ensure coexistence with wildlife while minimizing potential risks.

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It’s important to remember that raccoons are a vital part of our local ecosystem, and their intelligence and adaptability are traits that have allowed them to thrive in various environments. By taking appropriate measures to safeguard our homes and food, we can peacefully coexist with these remarkable creatures while maintaining our own security and well-being.

For more information and assistance on dealing with raccoon-related issues, please contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department by visiting our website at www.nhfgd.gov. We are here to help you protect your home and maintain a harmonious relationship with wildlife in Nashua.

About the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is dedicated to the conservation and management of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Our mission is to protect and preserve the diverse wildlife and habitats of New Hampshire, ensuring a sustainable future for both wildlife and the people who share their environment.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Contact: James Smithe
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nhfgd.gov