Not So Cute and cuddly...
Ever seen a slow moving raccoon that wobbles a little and may even approach you, that’s not such a good thing. Here’s what Northeast Animal Control put out today:
“There has been a significant rise in the number of raccoons showing symptoms of Distemper recently. Distemper is a fatal disease that affects raccoon’s respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and ultimately their nervous system. It is in the final stage of the disease when people typically notice raccoons during the daytime. Raccoons in the final stages of Distemper are generally lethargic, disoriented, cannot maintain balance, and may become paralyzed. Raccoons with Distemper may approach humans, which is abnormal for raccoons, so maintain your distance if one approaches you.
While the disease doesn’t impact humans, it can impact pets, so keep your pets away from any raccoons you may encounter. Also, make sure your pets are current on their vaccinations. One situation occurred where a dog and a sick raccoon engaged in a fight. When the dog owner tried to separate the dog and raccoon, the dog owner was bitten by the raccoon. In those situations, the raccoon is euthanized and sent for rabies testing. Luckily, the raccoon was not rabid, and the dog was current on their vaccinations.
The increase in the number of raccoons with distemper is not isolated to a specific area and is fairly widespread. If you see a raccoon that shows the symptoms of distemper, call Northeast Animal Control at 913-782-0720.”
We just wanted to give you heads up. Keep looking out for one another.