Cornwall Ontario Leaves Raccoon Up On Post All Day in 30c Heat as Hawks Circle 092017

Cornwall Ontario –  Despite numerous appeals to Cornwall Ontario Fire, and Police services a poor raccoon, as of press time 4:56PM, is still at the top of a post at the 900 block of 3rd Street East.

CFN was called this afternoon by a very frustrated hot mom who said that the Raccoon was at the top of the pole since 8 AM.

When this writer attended one person said reports had been that the animal had been at the top of the pole since 6 AM with temperatures hovering over 30c today, with no water or protection.

In the featured photo you can actually see a hawk that was circling the animal. One witness stated that he’d seen three hawks circling.

The home owner said his two little dogs chased the raccoon up the pole and that it had happened before and that the raccoon would come down at night.

Calls to the OSPCA were of no use and the Ministry of Natural Resources allegedly suggested a trapper who said that they wouldn’t come out unless it was to euthanize the animal.

Calls to the Cornwall Fire service went to voicemail.  A fellow Cornwall Police dispatch animal lover made some calls but to no avail.   She said that it sounded like a liability issue; that nobody wanted to deal with a potentially wild or ill animal.

Clearly if this animal survives it should be trapped and moved to safer, ground, perhaps Guindon Parc?

Just before hitting the publish button we received an email from the Ministry of Natural Resources:


You called  MNRF TIPS line with concerns about a raccoon on top of the pole?.  We checked with one of our biologists who says there is no need for concern-  6 hours isn’t cause of concern. He says the animal will come down when it’s cooler and darker and people leave it alone.



Jolanta Kowalski

Sr. Media Relations officer  Ministry of Natural Resources  And Forestry, Toronto

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  1. I was wondering why there were over 40 hawks flying in the air, pretty rair site. Beautiful

  2. Fire Department couldn’t respond because of the icy road conditions this morning , all of the out-of-town firefighters didn’t make it in ? lol

  3. This must be the year for racoons out and about. Check this one out:
    Racoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride.
    Watch out Cornwall cops this will be another job for you to catch racoons on the loose and up posts and on cop cars. Hitching a ride remember the old 60s song. LOL LOL. ROLF!

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