Pesky raccoons keep Flagler County deputies busy

Cops kill animal that was 'hissing and jumping' at children at bus stop

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PALM COAST, Fla. - Some pesky raccoons are keeping sheriff's deputies busy in a Central Florida community.

Over the past two weeks, Flagler County deputies have responded to seven raccoon-related calls, including one that was "hissing and jumping" at school children at a bus stop.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that deputies killed the raccoon on May 31. It is being held in a freezer at the Flagler Humane Society for testing.

Two other raccoons exhibiting symptoms of either rabies or distemper were "put down in a humane fashion" by authorities.

The newspaper reports another raccoon was killed by someone using a crossbow on June 5.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say it's not illegal to kill a raccoon on private property. They urge residents to let professionals take care of raccoons.

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