Rabid raccoon? update WARNIN GRAPHIC pic

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dadsdeercamp, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    my kids where out playing and this raccoon came up on them. it also growled its teeth at them and my kids told us it was foaming at the mouth. so we put it out of his misery.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011
  2. fishman65

    fishman65 Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    flat rock
    call police and get them to get animal control to test it. If it did have rabies there might be more. scary for sure.
  3. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Sounds sick, for sure. Rabies, or maybe distemper.
  4. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chirping

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    I called animal control about the one in my yard, but they didn't care. Later I told my vet (after I buried it) and she said whenever that happens, you have to call the health dept. Apparently they are the ones who document, follow up, and test these cases. I didn't know that - I figured all these govt. offices knew what to do. Surely animal control would have told me who to call, right? But, no - - - -- hey, I'm only the citizen who hopes SOMEBODY knows what to do! [​IMG]
  5. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    will call around in the morning to find out what to do. i think they test the brain. but that has about 20 .177 cal pellets in it.
  6. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    next time use a .22, Remington Subsonic is good ammunition, it's a standard-velocity round with a hollow point, not too noisy out of a standard rifle barrel and does the job.

    And, I think rabies may be "reportable" which means they have to report animals with it, they test the brain.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I hope it didn't make actual contact with your kids, just in case it had rabies.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Many municipalities, mine included, will only test animals that have had actual contact with humans or pets. Sounds like rabies or distemper. Be cautious. When one animal is infected in an area there are generally more.
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Any time I kill an animal that was acting strange like that I am very careful to bury it deep then disinfect anything that came into contact with it. Over the years we've had two coons that acted completely out of the ordinary (for local coons) and there have been problems with rabid foxes only a few miles away. Doesn't pay to take any chances.

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