They Don’t Only Shoot Them: Sheriff’s Deputy Bret Wood Saves Raccoon Stuck in Tree
FlaglerLive | December 13, 2013
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office took quite a bit of flack earlier this year for being too quick to shoot raccoons that appeared to be in distress rather than aiding them. One resident of Palm Coast’s R-Section was so distressed by one such incident that she wrote the sheriff, prompting a discussion and a reply from the Sheriff’s Office, which re-examined its approach of animals in distress.
Friday morning, it was a different story. The Sheriff’s Office released this account this afternoon: “Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies wrangled a raccoon rescue Friday morning after a young raccoon got stuck in a tree on Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast. The errant animal owes the rescue to the keen eye of a 12-year-old boy who spied the stranded raccoon as he was walking to his bus stop around 7 a.m. this morning.” The raccoon was hanging upside down, according to reports to 911.
“The small raccoon had managed to get his back right leg wedged between two large branches of a crape myrtle tree. When Animal Control could not respond Deputy Bret Wood arrived on the scene and used a car jack from his patrol car to separate the branches far enough apart to free the animal’s leg. The raccoon was aggressive toward Wood, but no one was injured.”
And no Tasers were used to calm the animal. Rather, in an effort to encourage the animal to escape the tree, Deputy Daniel Parthemore stepped in and gently lifted the raccoon’s leg with his extendable baton.
“The raccoon then departed the area and appeared to be in good health,” Wood said. The sheriff’s release also notes that “after being freed from the three the raccoon looked back as if saying ‘thank you’ to its rescuers as it departed the area.”