Raccoons and Canine (Raccoon) Distemper
Dispatch has received an increase of calls regarding racoons displaying odd behaviour and out during the day. Unfortunately, many have been infected with canine distemper which is often confused with rabies. Officers have responded to numerous calls assisting the Humane Society in removing an affected animal.
Raccoons with distemper may move slowly and may stumble as they walk appearing confused and behaving oddly. They lose their fear of humans, appear blind and confused, may wander aimlessly and may become aggressive if cornered. A mucus discharge will often be present around their eyes and nose and may be accompanied by coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures or chewing fits. They may only exhibit some or all of these symptoms and may otherwise appear healthy.
The Town of LaSalle Animal Control Officer will only pick up deceased animals from Town owned property.
The Windsor Essex County Humane Society http://windsorhumane.org/ – 519-966-5751 (will pick up Raccoons if they are contained (ie: under a box) but not if they are freely roaming. If you are able, place a box over the animal and put a weight on top of the box, such as a rock.
Canine Distemper (CDV) is a virus that is generally always present in the raccoon population although at low levels. Distemper cases in raccoons have spiked in the area and may continue into the summer.
If residents notice a raccoon displaying abnormal behaviour, they should call the Humane Society. Residents should not approach or feed the racoons.
If you require the assistance of police call us at 519 969-5210. Please do NOT call 911 unless the animal is causing a dangerous situation such as threatening the life of anyone or causing a traffic hazard.