Olentangy Local Schools Dealing With Raccoon Problem

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UPDATED: Thursday March 21, 2013 6:40 PM

Students aren't the only ones catching the school bus in one central Ohio school district. Some furry critters having been climbing on board, too. 

Transportation Supervisor Jodie Clark showed 10TV News the paw prints, a clue as to how the creatures are getting inside one of the district’s school bus compounds.

She said she has even found a raccoon on board one morning.

Other drivers said that about a half dozen raccoons have managed to climb onto the Olentangy buses in the past few weeks.

“I think they probably have a colony somewhere around here and they are looking for food; they are looking for someplace to get out of the weather,” said driver John Coonfare.

Coonfare said it’s easy for the animals to open the side bus door.

Some drivers are changing how the doors lock, he said.

Other drivers had to add locks after raccoons broke into their candy compartment.  

Jodi Clark said one raccoon would use his paws to lift up a side compartment to get into one driver’s stash of suckers.  

Clark said most of the raccoon encounters have been in the morning when the bus is empty.

But Coonfare says one of his fellow drivers found a raccoon on his bus during the afternoon. He said he managed to get the kids and the raccoon off without any problems.

The district has two bus compounds, but the transportation supervisor said they are only seeing the raccoons at the Liberty compound.

They did just call out a pest control company to help with the problem.

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