Woman wants help after raccoons take over Westminster backyard

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- About a dozen raccoons have taken over a backyard in Westminster. The homeowner said she has tried everything to get rid of them, but they keep coming back.

“The [kids] have to come in at dusk because once the scratching starts and they come out it’s very scary,” Audrey Wanker said. “It’s like a scary movie.”

A neighbor is suspected of feeding the raccoons. Colorado Park and Wildlife officers gave her a warning after she told them she has a cat door and leaves cat food out.

It is illegal to feed raccoons in Westminster. Now about a dozen raccoons keep coming back to the neighborhood each night and settling in Wanker’s yard.

“They dig holes, they ruin trees,” she said.

The raccoons chewed up her garden, her hoses and have tried to break into her home. She wants the pests gone, but believes someone else should take care of them.

“I pay enough taxes that when it becomes a problem like this that somebody else needs to step in and take care of it,” she said.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, it is a property owner’s responsibility to remove nuisance wildlife if they want it gone.

A property owner is allowed to trap or kill small nuisance wildlife, in accordance with local ordinances.

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