PVPD Animal Control started the week out apprehending an animal “suspect” rarely seen in the quad-cities area. A call came in from a local citizen regarding a “weird animal” trespassing on his roof. Animal Control Supervisor Tim Yogerst arrived on the scene and quickly apprehended the furry felon.
Supervisor Yogerst released the animal in a more suitable, rural location. Coatimundis are the only species of this raccoon relative found in the United States. While they are rare in the southwest, Coatimundi are more common in Central and South America. In Arizona, coatimundis live in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, with ranges including the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix and the Huachuca Mountains southeast of Tucson.
They are most often found in oak and sycamore lined canyons, or in lower elevation riparian areas in the winter. Coatimundis are most active in the morning and late afternoon. While coatimundis do not typically carry rabies, they can cause serious injuries to humans. They have long claws, sharp teeth, and strong jaws. They are wild animals and should be respected as such.
If you see one in the wild, it is best to just leave it alone. Any questions regarding animal control issues can be directed to the PVPD Animal Control Office at 928-772-5154. Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
As always, if you see something, say something.