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What's the 311?

An Occasional Look At What People in the City Are Complaining About

[opossum]

Animal & number of complaints

dogs

6,333

cats

621

bats

468

unknown

187

raccoons

152

snakes

139

squirrels

114

opossums

85

birds

53

foxes

42

Other: (deer, groundhogs, rabbits, horses, snapping turtles, sheep, a hyena*, an iguana, a coyote, a swarm of bees, and a baby tiger)

22

Grand total

8,131

By Chris Landers | Posted 10/1/2008

When calls come in to the city's 311 system, the operators classify them according to the type of incident. There have been more than 8,000 calls since September 2005 that were classified as problems with an "aggressive animal." Here's a breakdown of what's been growling, hissing, and snapping at the residents of Baltimore.

A sampling of some of the complaints received by 311:

14:58, 12/27/2005, 3900 block of Fort Armistead Road, There are two raccoons running loose in the chemical plant.

19:10, 11/29/2006, 3000 block of Wylie Avenue, Complainant states that there is a black crow on her window. Officer has prior removed it from her door but it returned.

05:57, 1/11/2008, 900 block of S. Caton Avenue, St. Agnes Hospital, dog trying to get into hospital. Black unknown type dog. Dog does not look healthy also.

Disclaimer: What's the 311 is based on data from the Mayor's Office of Information Technology (currently from Sept. 20, 2005, until July 31, 2008). It has been folded, spindled, and mutilated along the way, and no attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of the calls. *That probably wasn't a hyena.

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