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Nob Hill resident says raccoons wiped out his fish

Joy Wang
July 17, 2017 07:02 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For more than 40 years, Ross Perkal has lived in Nob Hill. Over the years, he’s filled his koi pond with fish.

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But a few years ago, when he came back from a business trip, he saw something he still can’t forget – dozens of those fish lying dead in his front yard.

“Mostly they were like family members after 20 years,” Perkal said. “Watching them grow and have babies and reproduce and feeding them by hand three times a day. It was just heart breaking.”

After what happened, Perkal ended up getting a raccoon cage so that he could catch the culprits. After a month of baiting, he finally caught a mother raccoon.

“She was screeching and she was furious,” Perkal said. “She was so mad that she actually bent steel bars of the trap. She was very strong. They took her down to Socorro and let her out in the river and she was unharmed.”

But now a new family of raccoons has moved in, dropping by multiple nights a week and leaving their feces on his roof.

“They jump from a high tree above the house onto the roof at night when they’re going out to hunt and it's a little scary….sounds like a person on top of your roof walking across,” Perkal said. “They're pretty big.”

Now he makes sure to only feed his pets indoors, never leaving any food outside. He even puts a metal plate behind his dog door to protect his two Chihuahuas.

“It's a real problem and I'm sympathetic to them. They're coming here because they're hungry, and I know that,” he said. “Used to be they came only in winter. Now they come all year round.”

Perkal says he has spent thousands of dollars protecting his home, including building that netting on his koi pond. He says his neighbors also recently lost their fish because of raccoons.

If you have a raccoon problem, you can call New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

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