Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This post is about raccoon crap

One of Portland's alt-weeklies, Willamette Week, runs a story in the latest issue about a change in city policy towards unwanted raccoons. Used to be that the city used to take the unwanted creatures out to the Columbia Gorge and just drop them off. Well, this has the unfortunate side effect of disrupting the ecosystem wherever the critters are dropped off, so the city now just offs the beasties. Ok, yeah, interesting story. But, as they are wont to do, the Willy Week buries the most interesting part of the story halfway down:

But the more prevalent problem is roundworm, which is carried by an estimated 58 percent of raccoons and can afflict humans by ingestion—usually accidental—of raccoon crap.
Stop. "Usually accidental." Which means that, however rare, there are cases of roundworm transmission via the intentional consumption of raccoon crap. What the hell, this should be the real front page story here!