WASHINGTON -- A small band of raccoons infiltrated secure White House grounds Thursday morning and evaded capture by agents of President Barack Obama's administration, officials said.
Live traps -- cages with one-way doors baited with apples, cat food and peanut butter -- were placed about the grounds, but the raccoons -- one very large one and several medium-sized ones -- were able to avoid them through the morning, the Washington Post reported.
The National Park Service will release them unharmed into the wild if they are captured.
According to the Humane Society, raccoons are one of the few species of wild animals that have adapted to city life, the Post reported. But this particular group seems to have abandoned their usual dens in trees, chimneys, attics, storm sewers and crawl spaces for a more opulent estate.