A raccoon that snuck his way onto Capitol Hill and made a home in the state’s Legislative Plaza was escorted out of the building today after Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials caught the critter with a live trap.
The small, male raccoon, nicknamed “Rocky,” was accused of stealing food from the cafeteria and making noise as he shuffled around in the ceiling above legislative offices.
It was speculated privately by some that Rocky had been drawn to the Capitol because it is a well know gathering place for invertebrates, which make up a significant portion of a raccoon’s natural diet.
TWRA officials say the raccoon will be released in one of their wildlife management areas.
It had taken weeks to catch the critter. After a sighting in the cafeteria, the food service was shut down in the plaza.
The raccoon was eventually caught in the live trap when baited with a piece of chicken.