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Snakes in the House! Beware of Bees!

This edition of Monroe Animal Reports also includes a bobcat sighting and a stray pony.

Snakes in the House

A Richards Drive woman found two non-poisonous ringneck snakes in her laundry room at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. She caught and removed them, before calling Monroe Animal Control the next morning to find out how they got in the house and how she can keep them out.

An officer conducted a site survey and found that the snakes most likely slithered in under the basement door.

The homeowner was given a PSA on exclusion methods.

Yellow Jackets and White Faced Hornets

Monroe Animal Control responded to four complaints of bees on Sept. 6.

At 9:11 a.m., an officer sprayed a bald or white faced hornets nest hanging in a tree over Patmar Lane after it was determined that the location posed a public safety threat. The nest was rechecked for activity the following day before the remains were removed.

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In another incident on Park View Avenue, an officer sprayed an in-ground yellow jackets nest on a curb by a bus stop. The same procedure as the one on Patmar Lane was then followed.

Similar incidents involving yellow jacket nests near bus stops took place in another part of Park View Lane and on Pebble Road.

A Roaming Ridgeback

Captain Morgan, the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was recently in the news for being impounded then reunited with its owner, continues to stray from home.

It was seen roaming in a yard on Guinea Road at around 6:42 p.m. on Sept. 6. Then its owner, who also lives on Guinea Road, went out looking for Captain Morgan the next morning and found his pet on Gaylor Drive.

Early Wake Up Calls

On Sept. 10, a Deer River Road woman complained about a rooster waking her up by crowing early in the morning. The location of the bird could not be determined, but the woman who filed the complaint said it belongs to someone on Knorr Road, according to the report.

Police said the zoning enforcement officer has been notified and the incident is under investigation.

Computer Search Gets Dog Home

A stray golden retriever found wandering on Moose Hill Road Sept. 10 was impounded and, though it had no tags, a computer search by breed produced a hit for a woman living on the same street.

She was contacted, confirmed the loss and immediately redeemed her dog for the $15 fee, police said, adding she was given a verbal warning for allowing a dog to roam and a written warning for failure to license.

A Bobcat Sighting

A bobcat sighting was reported in the 300-block of East Village Road at 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 12. Police said the animal displayed normal, routine behavior. The man who made the report was given a Bobcat PSA with common cautions.

A Stray Pony & Goats

An Old Coach Road resident told police a stray pony and goats were roaming the neighborhood at around 6:03 p.m. on Sept. 11. The owner, who lives on the same street, retrieved his animals without further incident, police said, adding no damages or injuries were reported.

Too Close for Comfort

A Mustang Drive woman told police she has been living with coyote nearby for three years, but that on the night of Sept. 10 the animals came much too close to her house.

No contacts, exposures or abnormal behaviors were reported police said. The homeowner was given a Coyote PSA with common cautions and hazing tips.

Sick Raccoon Put Down

A sick or injured raccoon was reported in a yard on Jay Lane at noon on Sept. 12. An officer euthanized the young, male raccoon without incident, according to police. There were no exposures and no testing was required, according to the report.

A Generous Donation

Monroe Animal Control expresses its gratitude to Monroe Animal Hospital for its generous donation of five coolers of assorted sizes with 24 disposable ice packs.

A Mangy Fox

A Saddle Hill Road woman reported seeing a sick or injured fox in her backyard at 4:23 p.m. on Sept. 10. She last saw the animal, which is suffering from hair loss due to mange, heading toward the golf course, police said.

An officer could not find the fox, but gave the resident common cautions and hazing tips.

Wildlife Casualties

A stray female tabby cat was found dead in the 700-block of Monroe Turnpike at 3:59 p.m. on Sept. 6. Police said it was brown, black and orange with no collar, adding there was no match to missing cat reports in the area.

A black domestic, short-hair female cat was found dead in a backyard on Pine Tree Road. It is five-years-old, according to police, who said the owner is unknown.

An opossum was killed when it was hit by a vehicle on Osborn Lane on Sept. 10.

Someone reported that a stray cat was hit by a vehicle in the 300-block of Barn Hill Road at 8:18 a.m. on Sept. 12. An officer searched, but could not find the animal and police said no missing cats were reported in the area.

A deer died after being struck by a motor vehicle in the 1200-block of Monroe Turnpike on Sept. 12. And a similar incident occurred on Hattertown Road on Sept. 13, police said.

A raccoon died after being struck by a vehicle on Jockey Hollow Road, according to a report on Sept. 13. A similar incident was reported on Pepper Street the same day.

A sick or injured squirrel was reported at the side of the roadway on Spinning Wheel Road at 10:12 a.m. on Sept. 10. An officer searched the area and was unable to find the animal.

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