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.