Congressman on critter patrol

Several years ago a raccoon clawed its way into the attic in my first house, creating quite a ruckus.  It was a pretty scary character.  I was assisted in removal by a man who set a trap in the attic and caught the raccoon, then took it home with him to rural Warren County.

So I was intrigued when I saw this tweet on Congressman Steve King’s Twitter feed February 9:   “Mid day, mid blizzard, 15 degrees, Crazy Raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, Crazy Raccoon zero.”

The Desert Eagle is a gun. I haven’t had a chance to talk with King about the episode, but Roll Call has.  Read their storyAnd PETA doesn’t like it.  (Sorry, passwords required for Heard on the Hill material.  Basically, King told HOH his wife had complained about a raccoon lurking around their home in rural western Iowa. He thought the animal might be rabid so, when he saw it last week when he was home, he shot it.  PETA complains King shot a “small animal” seeking warmth during a blizzard.)

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. Hilarious – PETA said King should have called animal control! I think in rural western Iowa, that would be neighbor Ted with his black and tan coon dog. I’m pretty sure the coon got off easy in comparison!