Taking dog for a walk
In Lakewood Washington, Michaela Lee, a 28 year old woman, was out taking her dog for a jog. She had no reason to worry about her dog as it jogged along side her close by the Steilacoom Park area. It was about 1:30 in the afternoon. This was nothing unusual for Michaela to do. There had never been any complaints about raccoons in the the park or any of the surrounding area.
Raccoons go up a tree
Michaela’s dog saw some raccoons and got loose from her. It then took off after the raccoons who ran up a tree. Lee went to retrieve her dog and continue her jog. As she approached the tree to get her dog back, she was suddenly attacked by more raccoons. She told how she ran from them like you would run for your life while being hunted. There were five raccoons and they were determined to get her.
Lee made is as far as a neighboring yard, which was about 75 feet away. There she was taken down by the raccoons who began mangling her. She had many scratches, scrapes and even puncture injuries from the attack. Lee’s dog, Madison came to her rescue and started chasing off the raccoons. A witness also saw the attack and he also called out for some help. The raccoons continued to maul and attack her for about 15 to 20 seconds. Finally Lee was able to get away. Lee was taken to the hospital by an ambulance. At the hospital is was discovered that she had close to 100 injuries from the incident. Most were scratches and scrape type injuries, but nearly 18 of them were actual puncture wounds or where the raccoons had bitten her. Lee says she will continue to run the same path, but will carry bear mace with her from now on. She is more concerned with an older neighbor who walks her dog in the same area. It is thought that the whole incident was over the dog getting too close to a mother raccoon with babies.