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What To Do If You Encounter A Raccoon
Raccoons are cute looking animals that can be aggressive or territorial. Raccoons are curious creatures and are smarter than dogs. Many urban raccoons are used to humans and will not interfere with you. Other raccoons will hiss at people and then retreat. Never under any circumstances attack a raccoon, unless it is attacking your loved ones, property, or yourself. Raccoons can generally be chased away. First and foremost, you should always try to avoid confronting wild animals. If possible, it is best to contact a professional wildlife animal control company. With that being said, here are some tips if you find yourself in an encounter with a raccoon. 

 1.) Make sure your skin is covered! Raccoons are a high-risk animal for carrying the rabies virus. If you must confront a raccoon, ensure your skin is covered to protect against scratches and wear thick gloves to protect against bites.
 
2.) Never trap a raccoon. The goal in raccoon encounters is to scare them off. If you corner the animal, it will have no choice but to fight! 
3.) Never attempt to remove a raccoon's litter. Attempting to move the litter will make the mother aggressive. 
 
4.) Use tools to increase your distance from the animal. Use a stick, chair, or any item that can provide additional reach to avoid getting too close to the animal. The goal of using tools is to push the raccoon away from you, your loved ones, and your property. 
 
5.) When it is safe, RUN AWAY! The best advice when in an encounter is to have a professional take care of the wild animal. Even if you are successful in scaring the animal away, have a professional come out to notify them of the animal problem to help stop future problems. 
 
6.) Lastly, if you ever find yourself in this type of scenario, make sure to get everyone involved, including pets, checked for rabies following the incident.  You may think everything is fine, but the rabies virus shows no sign until it becomes dangerous. 
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