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Crew Paints Over Roadkill Raccoon In Lemont
Area Residents Say This Isn't The First Time Crews Have Treated Animals Carelessly
Mike Puccinelli

(CBS) LEMONT, Ill. A photograph sent to CBS 2 shows a raccoon dead in the middle of a Lemont street, and yellow stripes painted right over its body by road crews.

As CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports, the outraged viewer who sent in the photograph was not the only one upset by the incident.

"There was a dead raccoon here kind of where you see this black mark and it was dead and when they were striping the road they just striped right over it," said Sylvia Wilk of unincorporated Lemont.

The raccoon was gone Wednesday but photographs clearly show the dead animal with the telltale yellow pain right across its body.

"It was very real and it was pretty explicit," Sylvia Wilk. "The kids were kind of grossed out by it, and I as well. It's a dead animal in the street and they just striped it right over."

The animal was first spotted on Archer Avenue in Lemont by residents on Saturday.

"I just thought it was ridiculous that they were that lazy and that they didn't pick it up," said Lemont resident Kyle Cuiching.

"That's terrible," said Jolanta Wilk. "It is terrible how they do their job."

And Jolanta Wilk says what's worse is that it's not the first time. She says another animal was painted over in a similar case.

CBS 2 followed her directions on Archer Avenue. A close-up of the site reveals what appears to be the critter's tail protruding from a line of paint.

The Illinois Department of Transportation confirmed this stretch of Archer Avenue is in their jurisdiction, but they declined our request for an on-camera interview, saying it would be premature to go on until they can confirm the allegations are true.

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See article for picture if so inclined.  Picked up from a post by AnthroCoonMicro in alt.fan.furry. 


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Sep. 28th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
A couple of months ago, CalTrans re-painted the yellow stripe along the left side of the #1 lane of the 101 and 134 freeways in Los Angeles.

They didn't bother street-sweeping the debris up.

I kid you not - from Woodland Hills to Pasadena, there was trash painted yellow. Cans, hub caps, cigarette butts, some manner of forgotten crushed bumper where the 134 meets the 101, broken glass and yes, Small Dead Critters.

I didn't get any pictures of this because I was driving and chronovius was asleep. But Ah see'd it mahself.

Sep. 28th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Looks like it's time to precede the striper with either a street sweeper or a small snowplow.... :)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've definitely seen line painting machines preceeded by street sweepers locally. I'm not sure that our street sweepers would manage to get rid of a dead raccoon though.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
Hence the snowplow. Not that it's likely to be easy to find one in Los Angeles, I suspect.
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