October 1, 2014
RENO, Nev. -- Three small raccoons appeared to be trapped on a rock in the Truckee River in downtown Reno Sunday afternoon, and a concerned family called for help... but the critters were likely fine without it.
According to Washoe County Animal Control's Barry Brode, his office received the call to help the animals. Because raccoons are not pets, Animal Control personnel consulted state wildlife officials who advised raccoons are able to swim and if left alone, they would be fine.
Brode emphasized it is best to avoid contact with all wildlife, even urban wildlife, for the safety of both humans and other animals.
Of course, they do make for cute pictures.