When Raccoons Attack: What to do and what not to do

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Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that often come out at night in residential areas in search of food. It is not uncommon for home owners to see raccoons walking around the property, particularly near garbage cans, gardens and even bird feeders. While raccoons in general are harmless, they are easily agitated and can feel threatened. Raccoons can also carry rabies which can be deadly to humans. It is important for home owners to learn how to spot a rabid raccoon so that you can avoid them at all costs. Learn what to do and what not to do in order to avoid a raccoon attack human incident.

Rabid Raccoon Signs

To get started, you must learn the signs of a rabid raccoon. A raccoon with rabies will have difficulty walking, possibly walking in circles or be paralyzed in the legs either partially or fully in the hind leg area. The raccoon can make crazy noises, look confused or disoriented. Foaming at the mouth is a common sign of rabies and you must stay away. The raccoon may also appear sick.

What Not To Do

If you spot what appears to be a rabid raccoon near your home, avoid it at all costs. Do not approach the raccoon. Do not try to catch the raccoon. If you were to approach the animal it may bite you or scratch. You can end up with a physical injury as well as catch the disease. It is important to avoid the animal at all costs and seek assistance with removal. It is best to leave the catching to the experts. Keep children and pets indoors until the creature has been removed from the area to avoid injury or exposure to rabies.

What To Do

When you see a rabid raccoon in your neighborhood, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. They will be able to respond to the call and assist where needed. If you believe that you have been bitten or scratched by a wild mammal then call your local public health unit immediately and your doctor. Running the wound under water can also help prevent the spread of the disease.

Rabid raccoons that are left out in the wild will infect other creatures. This is another reason as to why it is so important to have such creatures removed. Other animals can become rabid and be a problem for the environment, both humans and other animals including pets. Wildlife experts can help with the removal process and check the area for other creatures that might be affected.

Overall, it is essential that you avoid all raccoons, but especially those that appear to be rabid. Contact a wildlife service company for assistance and have the animal removed immediately. You will then be able to enjoy the outdoors near your home without fear of running into the rabid creature.

For all your raccoon removal needs, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. The company has vast experience in dealing with raccoons, including those affected by rabies. Have any raccoons removed from your property so you can feel at home once again.


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