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WHOSAGOODDOG! At Coit Tower

WHOSAGOODDOG! At Coit Tower

Interesting combo of high fog and low fog, with Sutro peeking through inbetween

Interesting combo of high fog and low fog, with Sutro peeking through inbetween

Because nobody wants a Chinese donut.

Because nobody wants a Chinese donut.

So, I guess this Clarion Alley mural is finished? Isn’t it?

So, I guess this Clarion Alley mural is finished? Isn’t it?

Pixelated dragon, Chinatown

Pixelated dragon, Chinatown

Folk remedy shop, Chinatown

Folk remedy shop, Chinatown

WHOSAGOODDOG! Out for a walk at the top of Powell St.

WHOSAGOODDOG! Out for a walk at the top of Powell St.

450 Sutter

450 Sutter

The new Samovar Tea Lounge on Valencia

16th Street Ganesh

16th Street Ganesh

Raccoon Warning!

Hi guys, I just wanted to share a warning about something terrifying that happened last night — we were attacked by a HUGE, aggressive raccoon!

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(File photo. Not the actual raccoon.)

I’d known for years that raccoons used the area under my landlord’s old, junker car, which lay covered in tarps at the bottom of our long, steep driveway, as a hideout. I generally take a live-and-let-live attitude toward urban wildlife (except coyotes), and I never considered raccoons to be dangerous. Well, last night when I let Chase out to pee around 8pm, I heard him yelp and saw him sprinting toward me, with the raccoon chasing him! I thought it would stop when it saw me and I started yelling, but it clearly had no fear of humans and ran right past me and kept after Chase. It knocked him off his feet and suddenly they were both rolling in a ball, cartoon-style, and I could see it was as big as him, and he weighs 45 pounds! He was yelping and crying and just trying to escape. I was screaming and grabbing the raccoon’s tail and fur to try and pull it away, but it was not fazed. I didn’t think quickly enough to grab a rock, and I didn’t have shoes, so my hands were literally my only weapons. Unfortunately, I don’t think I did much damage to the raccoon, because it ignored me. Then AB ran out and also started yelling and kicking at it, and it finally seemed to realize that it was 3 against 1… it ran under a car and continued hissing and snarling at us. Chase ran back inside as soon as he got free, and I followed to make sure he was okay. By then all my neighbors had come outside, and they said the raccoon had escaped across the street.

Luckily Chase has only minor flesh wounds (although he’s pretty stiff and sore this morning) and is up-to-date on all his shots, and we’ll call Animal Control today to hopefully come trap/kill the raccoon if it’s still in its usual spot or can otherwise be found. But I wanted to share the story to say that if you know of a raccoon lair, it’s probably best to call Animal Control* and get them out of there rather than let them be, because they can be very dangerous, especially if you have small children or animals. I know they will definitely kill outdoor cats, and if Chase had been smaller — or a human toddler — it could have killed him too. It was *that* big and vicious.

And keep those shots up-to-date!

UPDATE: Be sure and call the Animal Control emergency number — we called today when they opened and said they wouldn’t do anything because he was probably already gone.

Opinions about the fare hike

Opinions about the fare hike

Perfect purple on Chenery

Perfect purple on Chenery

More new Caledonia Alley murals

Caledonia alley artwork — thank you @kevinmonty for pointing out this new mural

Caledonia alley artwork — thank you @kevinmonty for pointing out this new mural