Pair of raccoons spend day up Shamokin utility pole
SHAMOKIN - A pair of raccoons that appeared to be sleeping on a utility pole caused a bit of a stir in the city Wednesday.
The masked duo were spotted on a utility pole in the 500 block of East Commerce Street by Shirley Kramer, of 604 E. Commerce St., late Wednesday morning. One of the raccoons sat perched atop the pole with its head tucked on its chest and the other clung to the pole a little more than half-way up.
Kramer called the police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
"They (the game commission) told me to tell people to stay away and they (the raccoons) would come down on their own," Kramer said. "This street is like a highway. It is very busy," she added.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., Jason Kelley and John Morack of the game commission arrived at the scene. One of them tapped the utility pole with a piece of lumber in hopes that the vibrations would cause the animals to come down from the very top of the utility pole, where the pair were huddled. City of Shamokin Police patrolmen Mark Costa and Raymond Siko II were standing by wearing gloves and snares to attempt to catch the critters if they did come down.
The City of Shamokin Street Department brought in a bucket truck and employee Sam Madara took the bucket up in hopes of spooking them off of the pole.
After that failed, Kelley advised that everyone just leave the raccoons alone.
"Due to all the variables, we are not going to allow anyone to go up in the bucket truck and risk their lives over two raccoons," Kelley said.
"If everyone leaves them alone, they should come down on their own and find a new place to sleep," he added.
Kevin Richardson of the City of Shamokin Street Department then blocked off the street to traffic to give the raccoons a little peace and quiet from passersby.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the raccoons were spotting climbing down the pole and running toward Sunbury Street.