In some Denver areas, raccoons are classified in the category of rabies vector species or
RVS. This means that it is an animal that can be able to carry and then transmit rabies.
Any mammal canbe able to do this technically but the Colorado raccoons pose a greater risk. This is
the reason as to why the animal has been put under some laws.
How you can tell whether a Denver raccoon is sick
One way to tell whether a raccoon is sick is by looking at it physically. A sick raccoon will basically look sick. There are some signs of a rabid Colorado raccoon and they can be warning signs to anyone around. They include:
• Difficulty with walking. This may be evidentwith the hind legs. They may be partially or fully paralyzed. It may also be walking in circles.
• A rabid raccoon can also look slow, disoriented or confused. The healthy Denver raccoon is usually alert and may be doing something that is very purposeful.
• A rabid raccoon can make some crazy noises. When healthy, Colorado raccoons usuallychatter with oneanother and theymake a real racket as they mate or fight. However, whenforaging, they don’t make any kind of noise.
• Foaming in the mouth can also be a sign that the Colorado raccoon is sick. If you happen to notice this, you need to get as far away from the raccoon as possible.
• If the raccoon just looks sick, it may be actually sick. It may not be so hard to notice this. There are lots of diseases that a raccoon can contract and this includes distemper. Regardless of the situation, make sure that you don’t get into contact with the Colorado raccoon at all.
Behaviors that Denver raccoons can exhibit whether rabid or healthy
There are some common behaviors that you need to know so as to stop worrying whether you see a raccoon. If the raccoon is out during daytime, this is normal. Regardless of tis fact, you still need to be cautious as much as possible. If the raccoon shows no kind of for humans, this is also normal. Raccoons have been able to adapt to the urban animals like the squirrels. Many of the Colorado raccoons have got no fear for the people. If you notice that a raccoon is just aggressive, it isn’t really a sign that the raccoon has got rabies. Many raccoons never bother the people in a direct way. However, sometimes they may botherpeoplebut this doenst mean that the raccoon is necessarily sick. At times, the raccoons simply ignore people and other times, they will just look at you and then they just move on. Where humans are in the habit of feeding them, they may harass them for more food. It is important to note that not all Denver raccoons have rabies.
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