Raccoon Sightings Put Neighbors on Alert; Woman Attacked

Residents in the Fairlington neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, are on alert after a raccoon attacked a woman.

One resident received 87 stitches last week after she was attacked by a raccoon, according to the neighborhood's Facebook group. Another resident took photos of a raccoon using a doggy door.

The Facebook group said the Arlington Animal Welfare League will not help with removing the raccoons, because the problem is related to the neighborhood's trash rules. The homeowners’ association does not allow trash bins outside, only bags, which some said attracts the critters.

Animal Control suggested using wooden closed trash cans that can be picked up daily. Residents are forming an ad-hoc committee to study this solution.

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