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Did Ocean Beach coyote do it?

The mystery of the headless raccoon

Headless O.B. raccoon
Headless O.B. raccoon

Raccoons are everywhere in Ocean Beach, so much so, that on any given night, you can find at least several scavenging in the neighborhood, turning over garbage cans and hanging from the trees. I’ve even had them come into my home via the per door to eat cat food.

A nuisance, yes, but certainly not an offense worthy of beheading?

On Thursday morning, October 13, Nancy Brisco came across this poor guy next to the fence on Sunset Cliffs across from Dusty Rhodes Park.

She flagged down a Parks & Rec truck and asked the crew to remove the headless body, but really, where is its head and how did this happen?

Sharon at the San Diego County Department of Animal Services thought it might have been a coyote, “There are a lot of coyotes in that area and probably didn’t have time to finish him off.”

I was unable to find anyone who could confirm they’ve ever even seen this before, including the SD Humane Society as well as the San Diego County Environmental Services Division, who referred me to the Parks and Rec’s Department.

“This is the first Park and Rec has heard about it and there have been no incidents like that at Dusty Rhodes previously,” Timothy Graham, city spokesman, told me. “We are a little curious as to if the animal was removed and who did it? To the best of my knowledge neither Park and Rec staff nor the maintenance contractor removed the animal.”

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Headless O.B. raccoon
Headless O.B. raccoon

Raccoons are everywhere in Ocean Beach, so much so, that on any given night, you can find at least several scavenging in the neighborhood, turning over garbage cans and hanging from the trees. I’ve even had them come into my home via the per door to eat cat food.

A nuisance, yes, but certainly not an offense worthy of beheading?

On Thursday morning, October 13, Nancy Brisco came across this poor guy next to the fence on Sunset Cliffs across from Dusty Rhodes Park.

She flagged down a Parks & Rec truck and asked the crew to remove the headless body, but really, where is its head and how did this happen?

Sharon at the San Diego County Department of Animal Services thought it might have been a coyote, “There are a lot of coyotes in that area and probably didn’t have time to finish him off.”

I was unable to find anyone who could confirm they’ve ever even seen this before, including the SD Humane Society as well as the San Diego County Environmental Services Division, who referred me to the Parks and Rec’s Department.

“This is the first Park and Rec has heard about it and there have been no incidents like that at Dusty Rhodes previously,” Timothy Graham, city spokesman, told me. “We are a little curious as to if the animal was removed and who did it? To the best of my knowledge neither Park and Rec staff nor the maintenance contractor removed the animal.”

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