Racoon Problems Reported

The Kessler neighborhoods have reported a concern about the wild raccoon population in their neighborhoods, which are just North of Winnetka Heights.  Several neighbors have reported seeing raccoons wandering the streets in daylight hours (something they do not do naturally), and that they are acting strangely, showing no fear of nearby humans, loosing their balance as they walk, etc.   One neighbor reports that the city is aware of a distemper problem, and this may well be the explanation.  We are told that racoon distemperis not normally a threat to humans, but can spread to dogs.  It is generally recognized by Dallas Animal Services that raccoons, though great “looking” animals, are notable disease carriers, including hydrophobia.  Interestingly, opossums, their ugly distant cousins, are positive neighbors (sometimes making a mess, but always on the hunt for snakes and other small varmints).  All that being said, don’t look to this bulletin for authoritative statements on animal diseases, but do be vigilant.  If you see raccoons acting strangely, don’t approach it, call Animal Control (dial 311).  If you want to learn more about raccoon distemper, it’s easily researched on-line through Google, et al.  Perhaps even atwww.dallascityhall.com<http://www.dallascityhall.com> <http://www.dallascityhall.com/> under “animal control.”

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