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Raccoon Woes in Woodstock

Police were called out to four calls for possible rabid raccoons in Woodstock over the weekend.

WOODSTOCK - Raccoons are becoming a problem in Woodstock. 

Police dealt with four separate calls on the Weekend about the four legged critters in the Friendly City. The callers indicated they thought the raccoons were infected with rabies. 

The raccoons had taken off before police arrived and all of the sightings happened during daytime hours. 

Police are saying that even though raccoons are nocturnal animals, them being outside during the day is not a guaranteed indicator of rabies. 

Here are the top 5 signs of a rabid raccoon:

1: Difficulty walking - fully or partially paralysed hind legs, or walking in circles. 

2: Looks confused, disoriented, slow. A healthy raccoon will be doing something purposeful, and it'll look alert. 

3: Makes crazy noises - most healthy raccoons chatter to each other, or make a real racket when fighting or mating, but usually when they're foraging about, they aren't making crazy noises. 

4: Foaming at the mouth - if you're close enough to see this, get away! 

5: Just plain looks sick - shouldn't be too hard to tell. Raccoons can contract a variety of diseases, including distemper, but in no cases should you risk contact with a raccoon.

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