Raccoons by the hundreds

SHAMOKIN - One side effect of feeding cats is that it attracts raccoons.

City code enforcement officer Rick Bozza says the Shamokin raccoon population ranges in the hundreds.

Several houses in the city have become infested with raccoons, including one on Seventh Street. Bozza visited the adjoining house on a complaint call and found six baby raccoons living upstairs. He removed the raccoons but more began occupying the space a short time later.

Bozza indicated the accumulated trash problem also contributed to the growth in both the raccoon and feral cat populations.

"If you stop feeding them, they will go away," says Bozza.

Sarah DeSantis