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Police called when trapped raccoon panics

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By Linda Ireland

Hodgenville City Police took a young raccoon into custody early Tuesday after reports that the animal was “tearing up an apartment and everyone in it.”

Officer Donald Jewell said he was called to Morningside Apartments about 1 a.m. A resident there had brought the raccoon into the apartment after it had been hit by a car, he said. The animal was not pleased with the new habitat and someone in the apartment called dispatch for assistance.

Jewell and officer Dennis Wells trapped the raccoon and called Fish and Wildlife for advice. It’s possible the masked marauder will have to be quarantined since it did bite someone, Jewell said. He hopes it can be released back into the wild.

About 8 a.m., the raccoon was resting comfortably in a cage and ignoring a tomato slice it was offered for a snack. Jewell said it liked chicken better.

Officers were called back to the apartment later and one person was arrested. Complete information is not available on the arrest.