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Animal Control experts getting calls about sick raccoons

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Kenny Williams was cleaning up garbage around his house when he noticed something.

"Came across the sidewalk. Up the hill," said Williams. 

He saw a raccoon behind a push mower, but something was wrong.

 "And it was falling over, stumbling, was foaming at the mouth," said Williams. 

That coon was so sick it had to be shot by police, but that wasn't all, the next day Williams found another one.

"Right there in the flower bed by the house there was another raccoon just laying and he looked up at me," said Williams. 

According to animal experts that's not uncommon now. Waterloo Animal Control experts say they've been getting one to two calls a day involving sick raccoons.

"Right here there are nine."

Linda Nebbe with The Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project says this time of year they are getting more calls about raccoons. If they are well enough, they will try to rehab them.

"We get frequent calls from people with raccoons in their attic or raccoons in their chimney," said Nebbe. 

Nebbe says raccoons with rabies aren't very common, those animals would be foaming at the mouth.

Most commonly though, these sick raccoons may have distemper.

"But it's acting funny. It's not afraid of the person. It's a little wobbly. Very docile."

It's important to stay away from the raccoons when you do see them.

If you get bit by one with rabies you should go to the doctor right away. Distemper raccoons can pass on the virus to your pets, so it's important to make sure they are vaccinates.

 


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