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Stop Calling 9-1-1 for Raccoons

Norfolk OPP are reminding residents to only use 9-1-1 for emergencies after getting another call to check on a raccoon at a local property.

NORFOLK COUNTY - Norfolk OPP are reminding residents to only use 9-1-1 for emergencies.

On Saturday morning, dispatchers were called and police were asked to check on a raccoon at a residential property. There is no need to contact police or the emergency number. Homeowners or businesses who have issues with raccoons on their property need to call a private animal removal service.

It's a common myth that a raccoon walking around during the day is sick or has rabies. It's true that raccoons are mostly nocturnal, but they can be active during the day for many different reasons. Raccoons will come out during the day if there is a food source available at a particular time, if they have been frightened out of their daytime sleeping spot, or if there is high competition in the area at night from other nocturnal animals.
 

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