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Tuesday in Portland: Neighbors in NW Portland warn of uptick in raccoon attacks, World Naked Bike Ride returns & more

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, Aug. 8 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Neighbors in NW Portland warning of uptick in raccoon attacks on people, pets

Residents in Portland’s Alphabet District say there has been an uptick in raccoon attacks recently, and while they’ve reported it to multiple local agencies, officials say there’s not much they can do. Resident Jordan Barbeau told KOIN that at least two people and three dogs, including her own, have been attacked by raccoons.

“He had puncture wounds in his front leg and she had her ear torn and had to have it glued back together,” Barbeau said about her dogs Bodhi and Rosie.

She says a week later, she and her husband heard a woman screaming and a dog yelping outside their home near Northwest 22nd and Johnson Street. Barbeau says when they rushed outside, a woman and her German Shepherd mix were being attacked by the raccoon.

Residents have since placed signs around the neighborhood, warning others about the aggressive family of raccoons. Barbeau said neither Multnomah County Animal Services or the Portland Police Bureau deal with raccoons. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with euthanize aggressive animals when necessary, but won’t trap them.

2. Fire crews respond to parking garage roof collapse, large tire chip fire

Local fire crews were busy on Monday, after a parking garage roof collapsed in northwest Portland and a large tire chip fire ignited at a tire recycling facility in the St. Johns neighborhood. The roof collapse occurred at Northwest Flanders Street and 4th Avenue shortly after midnight. Multiple vehicles stored inside the garage were damaged when the roof collapsed. No injuries were reported and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the collapse.

Several hours later, crews responded to a tire recycling facility in the St. Johns neighborhood where a large pile of tire chips was burning. The blaze was put out using an aerial stream of water from a ladder truck. An onsite worker used a bulldozer to spread out the pile so firefighters could put out hotspots. No injuries were reported and officials are looking into the cause of the fire.

3. World Naked Bike Ride returns to Portland this weekend

The World Naked Bike Ride is returning to Portland this Saturday. One of Portland’s best-known and most divisive events, the bike ride is officially a protest for cyclist safety, against oil dependency and in support of body positivity.

This year, cyclists will begin gathering at 7:30 p.m. at Irving Park in northeast Portland. The ride is set to take off at sunset, which will be around 8:30 p.m. The exact route is once again a secret in order to keep participants safe.

The ride’s motto is “bare as you dare.” Many riders are not fully nude and costumes are common. All human-powered transportation is welcome, including skateboards, roller skates, scooters and wheelchairs.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.

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