28 May

Dangers Of Feeding Raccoons

Dangers Of Feeding Raccoons

It might be tempting to feed raccoons and other wild animals, but it’s important for you to avoid the temptation to do so. Raccoons are not domesticated and can be unpredictable. They can also carry a whole host of different diseases. Never attempt to feed or handle a wild raccoon.

Raccoons are opportunists that gravitate towards the easiest and most accessible source of food. By feeding them, you are just making them more dependent on humans, and actually making them more vulnerable! It’s also important to remember that no matter how cute and cuddly raccoons look, they are not pets and will not hesitate to bite a person. A wild raccoon will easily perceive you as a threat and act accordingly by biting or scratching. Give these animals a wide berth in order to protect yourself and your family from unwanted attacks.

Although rare, raccoons can carry rabies. Rabies is almost always fatal to humans if it’s not treated immediately. You should never interact with a wild animal that is acting erratically or seems to be too human-friendly. Strange behaviour is often a sign of rabies. If you suspect that you’ve come across a possibly rabid animal, you need to contact wildlife removal services immediately as it could present an immediate danger to other animals or humans in the area.

The good news is that if you are bitten by a rabid animal and seek treatment immediately you can fully recover from rabies infection. It’s important for you to get a rabies series of shots right away. These shots tend to be painful and often expensive; another great reason to avoid wild raccoons.

Even if the raccoon in question is not rabid, they can still transmit bacterial diseases and inflict nasty bites. If you are bitten by one of these animals it’s important to visit your health care professional immediately. When you’re dealing with wild creatures, it’s far better to be safe than sorry, which is why you should avoid feeding raccoons at all costs.

It’s not uncommon to find raccoons on your property, especially if there are sheltered isolated places where they can nest or trash cans for them to pillage. In Ontario, it’s illegal to kill or harm wild animals, so if you find yourself in a position where you have unwanted animals on your property you need to call in the professionals.

Wildlife removal services are uniquely equipped to be able to remove raccoons humanely and safely. If you have a raccoon problem, do not antagonize the situation by feeding them. Also, don’t try to get rid of them yourself. There’s a good chance that you or the raccoons could get injured in the process. Instead, call in the professionals who are aware of Ontario’s wild animal regulations and can eradicate your problem.

Raccoons and other wild animals are part of our world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s wise to try to interact or feed them. Keep the environment safe for everyone and call in our raccoon removal Toronto company.