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UPDATE: MPR Raccoon removed from UBS roof; will be released into wild

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(KARE) -- MPR Raccoon, whose death-defying climb captured the attention of people across the world has been removed from the UBS roof and will be released into the wild.

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, a crew from Wildlife Management Services in Brooklyn Park removed the raccoon. It was trapped in a cage with cat food as bait.

Wildlife officials say the raccoon will be taken to a random location and then release it into the wild. Early indications are that MPR Raccoon is a girl and about 1 year old.

Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson, who has been covering this story since Monday, tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday that building management told Paige Donnelly Law Office that the trap set up on the building's roof had successfully captured the little raccoon.

The raccoon became stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building earlier, according to Nelson of MPR News.

On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more dangerous route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

By midday Tuesday, the raccoon was 12 stories up the tower. And around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window.

MPR News branded the courageous climbing coon #MPRraccoon. By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, it was resting 23 stories up.

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday evening that traps were set on the roof.

“Any other measures we think would endanger him. We’re hoping he continues his climb,” she said.

By 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower. At that point, the lure of cat food apparently enticed it into the trap.

Whatever fate awaits the wild creature, it's now achieved whatever level of fame an animal hits when it gets multiple Twitter accounts.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Wednesday morning, we're learning he has made it to the top of the roof, where a live trap is waiting.

As he worked his way up the building Tuesday, onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress at it climbed the UBS Tower on, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some. 

St. Paul Animal Control put a trap and cat food on the roof, hoping to bring the raccoon down safely.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake." Many feared for the raccoon's safety.

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning.

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