A Woodchuck Slips, Get Trapped at Town Hall

This edition of Animal Reports also includes featherless poultry, dangerous bees and a mangy fox.

Trapped at Town Hall

A baby female woodchuck walking around the garden pit in front of Monroe Town Hall fell in and became trapped inside the enclosed area on Aug. 22.

The animal was not injured and a Monroe Animal Control officer live-trapped it, then released it at the back of the property, according to the report.

The photo with this article is a picture of a black & white printout. Patch will try to get a copy of a color photo for a future edition of Animal Reports.

Featherless Poultry

Someone suspecting animal cruelty reported seeing featherless chickens outside a Purdy Hill Road residence at 9:54 a.m. on Aug. 21.


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Police issued a complaint advisory notice to the property owner notifying him of the complaint and recommending a veterinary examination to determine whether to treat or euthanize the birds, according to the report.

Police said the State Department of Agriculture was notified for further investigation.

Stray Kittens at the Park

Feral kittens were seen in the Wolfe Park auxiliary parking lot at around 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 21. When an officer approached, the kittens fled into the woods. The officer searched the area, but could not find the animals, according to the report.

Safety Threat: Bald Faced Hornets

An officer sprayed a large bald faced hornet nest in a tree along Canterbury Lane at night on Aug. 22, killing the bees because police said the close proximity to a school bus stop posed a safety threat.

A Fox with Mange

A homeowner who saw a sick fox in his backyard on Moose Hill Road on Aug. 22 took a photo of the animal so police could identify it.

Police said the fox was obviously suffering from mange with 80 percent hair loss. Officers will recheck the area until the fox is located and removed, according to the report.

There is no threat to public safety at this point, police said.

Cottontail Rabbit Update

The baby Cottontail rabbit found at the Hills of Monroe last week has no health issues, according to the wildlife rehabilitator who took care of it.

Police said it was determined that the rabbit is about six-weeks-old, and is the proper weight and age of a rabbit when it is let go by its mother. The rehabilitator watched the animal for a couple more days before releasing it back into the wild.

Two Sightings of a Sick Raccoon

A sick or injured raccoon was reported in a yard on Lazy Brook Road at 10:49 a.m. on Aug. 19. An officer searched the area, but was unable to find the animal.

A similar report was made on the same street a few hours later and police said the raccoon fled to the treeline before an officer arrived.

Raccoon in the Trash

A Highfield Drive resident reported a raccoon in a garbage container at the top of the driveway at 8:42 a.m. on Aug. 20.

An officer removed the male raccoon and released it on the property, but the animal remained in the yard, refusing to flee. Police said it also appeared to be underweight and displayed signs of being sick.

An officer euthanized the animal.

A Complaint about Our Dogs?

A Purdy Hill Road man complained about barking dogs at the nearby pound at 2:46 a.m. Aug. 21.

Police said an officer searched the area and found the parking lot and building to be secure, adding the animals were quiet at the time of the check. When the complaint was made, seven dogs had been impounded, according to police.

Lost Pets

Hattertown Road residents reported their one-year-old German Shepherd mix missing at 7:14 p.m. on Aug. 16. Police said the brindle, female is spayed.

In another report made on Aug. 17, a black & white, tuxedo colored cat whose owner lives on Jockey Hollow Road is lost. Police describe the cat as a four-year-old male.

A grey long-haired cat was reported missing by a Mill Brook Terrace resident on Aug. 21. Police said the cat is 10-years-old and weighs 16 pounds.

A Generous Donation

Stamford Ford donated over 30 car floor mats to the Monroe Animal Shelter on Aug. 16. The mats are used as beds in stray dogs' cages.

Monroe Animal Control is grateful to Ford for its donation.

Wildlife Casualties

A deer died after being struck by a vehicle on Hiram Hill Road Aug. 16.

A dead crow was removed from a driveway on Old Castle Drive on Aug. 17 and a West Nile Virus PSA was provided to the resident.

A raccoon died after being hit by a vehicle in the 500-block of Elm Street Aug. 17.

A raccoon's body was found in front of a mailbox on Lazy Brook Road on Aug. 17 after it had been struck and killed by a vehicle, according to police.

A deer died after being hit by a vehicle on Monroe Turnpike Aug. 17.

A raccoon and an opossum were struck and killed on Purdy Hill Road within several feet of each other, according to an Aug. 19 report.

jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I look at the picture and can't help but hear..... I'm alright, don't nobody worry about me. Why don't just let me be....
Bill Bittar (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Yeah the cage and his surroundings don't seem to bother her at all. She's got her apple. That's all that matters.
jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
sorry was just saying the pic brought to mind the dancing goffer from cadyshack
Bill Bittar (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Oh yeah, didn't even catch that reference!
cheryl September 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Jim - had my shoulders going and had the song in my mind, too! Bill - you're probably too young, which certainly is NOT a bad thing :)
Bill Bittar (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I wish I was too young! LOL Loved that movie growing up!


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