Being some of the smaller relatives to bears, the raccoon enjoys living in wooded areas near water, but commonly found in urban areas looking for food at night. There are 7 different species of raccoon, with one being on the endangered species list. Raccoons may look incredibly cute from afar, but up close can be a whole different story, so it’s important to understand the danger and damage raccoons can have to yourself, others, and/or your community.
What Is A Raccoon
“Raccoons are a medium sized mammal from North America. They vary in size, but traditionally are between 7 to 20 pounds and have an average height of 10.5 inches.” Raccoons are sneaky and can have running speeds up to 15 mph! Seems crazy, right? These fast and furry friends can be found in any type of climate and are omnivores, so eating plants, small animals, and insects with their hands should come as no surprise. They like to dip their food in water before eating, as it helps soften it for touch and easier digestion. Raccoons are commonly known for raiding garages and garbage in search of food and sometimes shelter.
Why Are Racoons Dangerous
Raccoons, similar to other small, furry outdoor mammals, are considered “wild animals” which means they are known for carrying various diseases. Rabies, roundworm, lepto, parvo, and other infectious diseases can be carried and transmitted to you, your loved ones, and even your pets if scratched or bitten by a raccoon. Since raccoons are the most frequently reported animal species in the U.S. with rabies, it is important to stay away from them, especially if you see one out during the day.
What To Do When You Come Into Contact With A Raccoon
The best way to ensure you don’t have to come into contact with a raccoon is by following a few important rules of thumb, provided by kingcounty.gov:
- Don’t feed raccoons
- Feed your pets inside and store their food inside
- Keep pets inside at night
- Vaccinate your pets
- Keep garbage cans clean and/or inside a secure area with a latching lid
If you or someone you know comes into contact with a raccoon, make sure to contact your doctor immediately to explain the situation and take appropriate action to stay safe, healthy and happy.
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