By WND. Youngstown police were busy this weekend fighting crime — and raccoons. Several scared homeowners called, saying the animals were in their yards, acting strangely. Police said it didn’t seem like rabies was the cause.
In the past couple of weeks, Youngstown police have responded to over a dozen of these raccoon calls — all of them with reports of the same strange, zombie-like behavior. The majority of the calls happened in the daytime, too, even though raccoons are nocturnal.
“I looked over there and got distracted because I saw a raccoon coming our way,” said Robert Coggeshall, whose playtime with his dogs was interrupted by a fiesty and sick raccoon last week . . .
Once inside, the wildlife photographer grabbed his camera to document what he called “extremely strange behavior.”
“He would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,” Coggeshall said. (Read more from “‘Zombie’ Raccoons Terrifying Residents” HERE)
‘Zombie’ Raccoons Are Terrifying Ohio Residents in Broad Daylight With Odd Behavior
By Fox News.
“Zombie-like” raccoons have made for a spooky sight in one Ohio city.
Authorities in Youngstown “have responded to over a dozen” calls in recent weeks about the mammals behaving oddly in the daytime, WKBN-TV reported Tuesday . . .
The animals were probably suffering from distemper, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told WKBN.
The viral disease causes coughing, tremors and seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans.
“Raccoons can transmit rabies, canine distemper, and parvovirus to domestic animals and humans,” DNR warns online. “You should avoid any raccoon that is active during daylight hours, has lost its fear of humans, or appears uncoordinated, confused or listless.” (Read more from “‘Zombie’ Raccoons Are Terrifying Ohio Residents in Broad Daylight With Odd Behavior” HERE)