Personally, I just consider this payback for the bay area snails….
(From the Washington Post)
KASSEL, Germany — In 1934, top Nazi party
official Hermann Goering received a seemingly mundane request from the
Reich Forestry Service. A fur farm near here was seeking permission to
release a batch of exotic bushy-tailed critters into the wild to
"enrich the local fauna" and give bored hunters something new to shoot
Goering approved the request and unwittingly uncorked an ecological disaster that is still spreading across Europe. The imported North American species, Procyon lotor, or the common raccoon, quickly took a liking to the forests of central Germany.
Encountering no natural predators — and with hunters increasingly
called away by World War II — the woodland creatures fruitfully
multiplied and have stymied all attempts to prevent them from
overtaking the Continent.
The Germans call them Waschbaeren, or "wash bears."
Apparently Kassel, in the central state of Hesse and where they were initiallt released, has lots, and is not happy about it.
I know how they feel; we have a raccoon dynasty in our garage.
I wish I knew who to blame.