Two Harbors wildlife rehabilitator hopes to save raccoons from problem propertyAfter reading an article about the problem property at 815 Ninth Avenue in last week’s News-Chronicle, Regina Kijak, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permitted wildlife rehabilitator from Two Harbors, called North Shore Wildlife Control to see what it could do to get the raccoons out of the house.
By: Brittany Berrens, Lake County News Chronicle
A wildlife rehabilitator wants to see the raccoons living in an abandoned house on Ninth Avenue in Two Harbors get a good home.
After reading an article about the problem property at 815 Ninth Avenue in last week’s News-Chronicle, Regina Kijak, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permitted wildlife rehabilitator from Two Harbors, called North Shore Wildlife Control to see what it could do to get the raccoons out of the house.
“I was afraid that people would take the matter into their own hands,” Kijak said. “It sounded like a professional needed to go in and help (the neighbors).”
North Shore Wildlife Control is a pest removal business based out of Duluth. It is focused on humanely removing skunks, raccoons, and other wildlife from homes. Allen Edberg and Gary Gagnon from the business stopped by the home last Friday to see where raccoons might be getting into the house.
Using a pair of binoculars, the two said they could see footprints on the window above the front porch where the neighbor, Meghan Koss, said she watched a raccoon climb into the house.
Edberg said there was likely to be a mother raccoon living in the home with her babies. He says it has been “crazy right now” with requests for Wildlife Control to remove raccoons from homes in Duluth and up the North Shore.
Edberg said he is willing to offer his services free of charge to the homeowner, Timothy Phipps, wh lives in Duluth. Wildlife Control would trap the animals and take them to Kijak, who would rehabilitate them and release them into the wild.
But without permission from the homeowner, Edberg can’t do anything. Edberg said he has attempted to contact the homeowner but telephone calls have gone unanswered.
“I hope Allen can contact the owner and solve the situation,” Kijak said. “It would put (peoples’) minds at rest and they would know how to deal with (raccoons) properly.”
Koss and her family have been living next door to the problem property since 2007. She spoke at a city council meeting in May after various local authorities were unable to help with the raccoon situation.