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Wildlife expert captures raccoons, says more animals are lurking

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This raccoon was living inside a hollow tree in a residential neighborhood in Wilmington. This raccoon was living inside a hollow tree in a residential neighborhood in Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wildlife removal expert Jimmy English was at it again Friday. This time he was after a raccoon living inside a hollow tree in the Greenbriar neighborhood in Wilmington.

According to neighbors, the raccoon and her babies have been destroying plants and terrorizing pets in the area.

Cynthia Snow has been living by herself in the Greenbriar neighborhood for more than 15 years.

"Sheer terror," said Snow.  "I've been imprisoned in my home for two weeks."

She called in wildlife removal expert Jimmy English.

"They're still at home," said English.  "Even if they're in your yard, he's still at home."

English says raccoons are only the start.

"Coyotes, they're coming in," said English.  "I'm getting a lot of calls about them.  Foxes, Lord have mercy, they're just so plentiful."

The problem is, he can't do anything about the coyotes.

"The only way to catch him is a foot hole trap and those are outlawed in this county," said English.  "So people either need to relax the trapping laws or learn to live with coyotes."

Under law, English can't remove an animal just because someone is afraid.  The animal has to be destroying property or threatening public safety.

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