VALPARAISO | Two raccoons were trapped Thursday on the city’s west side – but one lacked the familiar mask-like markings most of the often-pesky rodents wear.
The albino raccoon, mostly white with some very light brown rings on its tail, stared out of its cage with pale blue, almost clear eyes.
Bob Ford, who has been in the business of dealing with nuisance wildlife for 50 years, said this is only the second albino raccoon he has trapped during his career.
“It’s a real oddity,” Ford said, saying chances of trapping one is unusual, but two is almost unheard of.
“For one person to get two in a lifetime is like being hit by a meteor,” he said.
Ford, who owns Nuisance Wildlife LLC in Valparaiso, said he contracts with individuals and companies to remove wild animals that get into buildings or cause other problems.
He traps and relocates 30 to 40 raccoons a week, he said. He also commonly deals with squirrels, possum, bats and beavers.
It’s a job that requires long hours, patience, but mostly a dedication to serving his customers.
His experience is the key to doing the job right, he said.
“With this job, you can’t read it out of a book,” Ford said. “You just know. You learn by experience.”
And at 70 years old, Ford said his find on Thursday was something he’ll probably never experience again.