If you live in the Potomac area, or any area of Montgomery County, you are no stranger to wildlife. While raccoons are common mammals in the area, many Potomac residents may fail to realize their ability to carry and transmit rabies. If you came across a Potomac raccoon, would you be able to determine if it had rabies?

Symptoms of Rabies in a Potomac Raccoon

  1. The Potomac raccoon will appear sick overall. Just like humans, you can typically tell by looking at an animal if they are feeling well or not.
  2. The animal is making strange and alarming noises. While raccoons will “talk” to one another, an individual raccoon should not be making loud noises.
  3. The raccoon will be foaming out the mouth profusely.
  4. The Potomac raccoon is unable to walk properly. This is because they are unable to move one or more of their legs, preventing them from moving.
  5. The raccoon appears disoriented and overall confused. It seems to not know where it is, and may appear “intoxicated” while trying to walk.

There are other two symptoms that could be linked to the Potomac raccoon having rabies, but they are not guaranteed symptoms. Some people assume that when a raccoon is seeing during daytime hours that it has rabies. While this could be an indicator, there is also a great chance that the raccoon is healthy. Another possible indicator is if the raccoon appears to be unafraid of a human presence. While this used to be a sure sign of rabies, raccoons have become very comfortable with human contact.

Potomac Raccoon Control

If you find a Potomac raccoon that is displaying symptoms of rabies, do not approach the animal. Instead, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians are trained to properly handle local wildlife, especially those infected with rabies. We use humane removal and control methods that eliminate any potential to harm to both humans and the wildlife. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control for removal and control services for a Potomac raccoon that potentially has rabies, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. We are also available on weekends and holidays as well. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook. Sources: http://www.raccoonatticguide.com/rabies-vector.html