What Does a Rabid Raccoon Look Like?

Raccoons are closely associated with rabies, and many reported U.S. cases are linked to the animal. When infected with the disease, it is common for raccoons to foam at the mouth, behave erratically, move about in a bizarre fashion, and bare their teeth. Additionally, while uninfected raccoons flee from humans, rabid animals are unperturbed by human presence and will try to bite anyone that gets too close. They may look disoriented, be unable to control their movements, and make unusual sounds. Since they are nocturnal, raccoons seen during the day could possibly be rabid.

How to Avoid Rabid Raccoons

As direct contact is the only way to contract the disease, it is imperative to avoid approaching rabid raccoons. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately as neglecting to do so can result in death. Homeowners can reduce the possibility of attracting raccoons by securing trash bins with fitted lids and removing other sources of food. Pet owners should keep pet food contained indoors, vaccinate their pets, and limit the amount of time pets roam outside unsupervised. If raccoons infestations do occur, contact wildlife removal professionals immediately.