ST. PAUL, Minn. - MPR Raccoon, whose death-defying climb captured the attention of people across the world has been removed from the UBS roof and was released into the wild.
A crew from Wildlife Management Services of Brooklyn Park released the 1-year-old female raccoon around 1 p.m. Wednesday at a random location.
Wildlife officials removed the raccoon from the UBS roof around 10 a.m.
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.
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
The raccoon became stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building earlier, according to Nelson of MPR News.
This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It's been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews pic.twitter.com/fVI5pmdCWq— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
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.
He made a run for it! Still stuck though. pic.twitter.com/8Z7KTK8K1y— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018
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.
Oh nothing just a raccoon hanging out on the 22nd floor of UBS Plaza downtown. pic.twitter.com/XaXE9XExxD— Tad Vezner (@SPnoir) June 12, 2018
MPR News branded the courageous climbing coon #MPRraccoon. By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, it was resting 23 stories up.
He is on the ledge on our floor. He seems to be doing well. We’ve been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 12, 2018
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.
I made a big mistake. #mprraccoon— The St. Paul Raccoon (@TheStPaulRacco1) June 12, 2018
KARE 11's Lindsey Seavert was there keeping tabs on #MPRraccoon.
And here's how it all got started...