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    St. Paul raccoon safely trapped after death-defying climb up downtown tower

    A raccoon rested on the window sill of a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon rested on the window sill of a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has been safely trapped and will be released.

    Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services, says the raccoon was caught in a live trap on top of the UBS Plaza early Wednesday. She says it’s in good condition and is eating and that a company technician is expected to set the animal free later Wednesday at a site yet to be determined.

    Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon’s progress Tuesday as it scaled the UBS tower. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

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    The raccoon’s adventures caused a stir on social media, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama surrounding the animal’s exploits. Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.

    A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon scurried up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.

    A raccoon scales the side of the UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon scaled the side of the UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

    A raccoon scrambles along a ledge on the side of the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon scrambled along a ledge on the side of the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

    A raccoon sits on the ledge of an office window in the UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The raccoon stranded on the ledge of the building, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling the office building. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)
    Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP
    A raccoon sat on the ledge of an office window.

    A raccoon sits on a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon sat on a ledge on the Town Square building.

    A raccoon stretches out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon stretched out on a windowsill.

    In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 photo, a raccoon rests on a window ledge on the 22nd floor of the UBS building in downtown St. Paul, Minn. The raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling the 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped early Wednesday, and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild. (Tad Vezner /Pioneer Press via AP)
    Tad Vezner /Pioneer Press via AP
    A raccoon rested on a window ledge on the 22nd floor.

    A Wildlife Management Services employee approaches a raccoon trapped in a cage on top of the UBS Plaza in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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 will be released in the wild. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
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    A Wildlife Management Services employee approached a raccoon trapped in a cage on top of the UBS Plaza.

    The raccoon that scaled the UBS Plaza was caught in a live trap baited with cat food overnight in St. Paul, Minn., and was picked up by Wildlife Management Services Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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 will be released in the wild. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    The raccoon that scaled the UBS Plaza was caught in a live trap baited with cat food overnight and was picked up by Wildlife Management Services on Wednesday.

    A raccoon is loaded in the back of a Wildlife Management Services pickup truck in the loading dock of the UBS Plaza in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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 will be released in the wild. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
    Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
    A raccoon is loaded in the back of a Wildlife Management Services pickup truck in the loading dock of the UBS Plaza.