Last Thursday there was a giant raccoon sitting on the ledge of our deck.
It saw me and just sort of sat there looking at me for a minute, then hopped onto the neighbor's arborvitae hedge, climbed onto her roof and disappeared.
I was afraid it might carry off the poodle for a midnight snack, or fight with the cat, so I called animal control, but they don't deal with wild animals. Then I called the wild animal people, and left a message and never got a call back.
I hope the raccoon is not rabid. I have a hard time seeing myself getting all Atticus Finch and shooting it.