Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 12, 2012

9:55 MORNING UPDATE: Police investigate suspicious raccoons

Warn about possible rabies

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Glasgow police have recently assisted animal control officers on more than one occasion regarding raccoons acting strangely or in a manner that suggests possible rabies contamination. 

Tests for rabies have come back negative, but there are other diseases that may be affecting the animals' behavior, said Police Chief Guy Turcotte in a Glasgow Police Department press release. 

Turcotte said the raccoons may attack other animals or even inanitmate objects such as trees, chairs or bushes for no apparent reason. He also cautions city residents to be skeptical of any wild animal that seems unnaturally friendly and when spotting a raccoon to look for signs of disorientation, stumbling or paralysis of their limbs, the press release stated. 

The police chief urges people to stay away from raccoons during the day. Raccoons are nocturnal and there's a good chance that if they are out during the day, they may be rabid, the press release stated.