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Citizen complaint of the day: Lax bros chasing raccoons in Brighton

It wasn't just the loud people smoking up the neighborhood with their grills that annoyed one concerned citizen on Chiswick Road in Brighton. In a 311 report, we also learn that the other night there were also:

People with lacrosse sticks loudly trying to hunt down raccoons in the parking lot.

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Trashpandas make good eating. But grilling would produce a lot of smoke.

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Is it legal in the state of Mass. to beat a wild animal to death with a stick for fun? I don't think so.

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...they're out of season.

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I've eaten raccoon, but I haven't since rabies spread into the New England population.
Raccoon was one of the game meats served at the Bradford VT game supper every November for many years. They don't offer it any longer, also because of the rabies, which now that I think about it is probably much more of a risk to those handling and preparing the raw meat.

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Unrelated, but I had forgotten about the annual Wild Game Supper. I practically grew up across the river where my family has a vacation home in the Mountain Lakes District of Haverhill, NH. Another unrelated tidbit (but related to Massachusetts geography), if one looks at the map up there, they may notice that some of the local town names in that part of the Connecticut River Valley correspond to ones in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Haverhill, NH was settled by people from Haverhill, MA, across the river are the towns of Bradford and Newbury, Vermont, named after Massachusetts towns near Haverhill (unlike its Massachusetts namesake, Bradford, VT never felt the need to disincorporate and join its neighbor across the river).

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Ha! When I followed your link to the Bradford UCC web page, among their list of "past media coverage" was a post my husband wrote on Chowhound back in 2007!

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Mountain Lakes, you say? I'm originally from the Haverhill area, and remember the Game Suppers all too well--my dad, who hunted deer, ducks, and rabbits, would go to it just about every year. The one big problem with eating a lot of game is that it tends to, um, backfire on one--the parents of a college classmate were driving down to visit their daughter after Dad had hit the Game Supper the night before, and Mom had to keep the car windows all rolled down in October in New Hampshire due to the ungodly stench. "It smelled like a damn dead animal!" was the word around town, and, well, yes...it WAS a dead animal, a whole bunch of them in fact. For some reason or another, game meat produces far deadly flatulence than order domestic animals--any ideas why?

Some of my ancestors may have been among the people who founded Haverhill, NH; I know the family has been in the area since the early/mid-18th century, and I believe it was my great-great grandfather, Isaac Pike, who founded the town of Pike, NH; at the least, it was a company town for much of the 19th century (he had a whetstone factory) that took his name.

Small world, eh?

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My family spent every weekend and vacation there through the end of my college years. When I was in high school, I had more friends (flatlanders like us and locals who lived there year round) up there than I did in the 128 belt suburb where I spent my weekdays. I even learned to ski at Monteau and spent many hot summer days at the Big Eddy, less than a mile from our house. About ten or fifteen years ago my parents almost sold the place, but then my brother and his family needed a place to live after my sister-in-law got a job at the Oliverian School in Pike (they later hired my brother, who also serves on the Woodsville Fire Department). They eventually moved on campus, and my parents had the house renovated and transferred it to a trust controlled by several of my siblings and me. I try to get up as often as possible.

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I have a friend that went a few times in the 80's, never made it myself.

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My money is on the raccoons.

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You couldn't pay me to read the 78+ reply thread on Roslindale Next-door about fireworks which at a glance, heavily features that family of Trumptards who run the GOP ward down in West Roxbury.

There are a lot of fireworks. The cops are aware of them. Yes, it's worse this year. There's not anything else needed to be said about it.

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Are "retards"? You're what wrong with this country. Signed, a fellow democrat.

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The way to not read something is to just, not read it. Read something that does interest you, feed the cats, listen to music. Not come over here and loudly announce that another site is boring.

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Were you in the city last night? People are fed up. Wanting a peaceful night's sleep transcends party lines and this issue is affecting the health of the entire city. 9:50 PM last night when they first started popping off.. 1,2,3, I hear a baby cry. Next the dogs barking. And then it goes on for hours. There's no virtue in downplaying this issue. It's a terrible atmosphere to live in and judging by the reports of fireworks being distributed by vehicles from house to house, it's likely a tad bit of a concerted effort coupled of course with kids being kids.

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Having them go on at all hours of the night, when people are trying to get a decent night's sleep so they can go about their daily llves and businesses is rather disgusting--and irresponsible, to boot.

I'll also add that if people want to have fireworks shown in their backyard, for the 4th of July, they should at least pay a professional person who knows what the hell they're doing to put on the fireworks show, with legal fireworks, for them.

I'll also add that underaged kids have no business messing around fireworks, in any case. People have been seriously injured by fireworks as well--being blinded by them, or losing one or two fingers, as well. Kids and adults alike, who don't know what they're doing. That's no joke, either.

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Police cruisers stocked with hockey sticks, but for turkeys, not raccoons.

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That stick looks older than me!

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#RLM

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If I saw this I’d call 911. 311 is for non emergencies.

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The MSPCA/Angell Mem'l Hospital is one to contact about that sort of thing.

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911 is still the correct number to call - they can contact animal control/animal rescue as well as police, fire department, medical emergencies. That's exactly why there's one emergency number.

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