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Are Raccoons Dangerous to Humans?

Raccoons are naturally shy animals that prefer to retreat when they sense humans nearby. However, as the pests' natural habitat decreases and they spend more time around people, this fear can fade.

Even if a raccoon seems calm or friendly, residents should never approach a wild animal. Raccoons are dangerous to people and pets when cornered, ill, or protecting their young. The pests' presence also poses serious health risks.

How Dangerous Are Raccoons?

Defensive Fighters

About the same size or larger than a house cat, raccoons are strong and stocky. They will use their sharp claws and teeth to attack a person or pet if they feel threatened. Avoid leaving dogs and cats unattended outside in an area with suspected raccoon activity.

Disease Carriers

Many diseases carried by raccoons are dangerous to humans. People know the pests best as vectors for rabies, though a parasite in their waste called raccoon roundworm is also an important concern. These health issues typically arise through direct contact with the animal's body fluids.

Preventing Encounters

Rather than trying to trap or shoo away the pest, residents who spot raccoons near homes should contact a wildlife removal specialist. The professionals at Critter Control can work with homeowners to reduce the risk of attack and other raccoon dangers.