Residents are being advised to take extra precautions after
reports of sick raccoons in the DeLand area.
At least seven raccoons found in the DeLand area within the
last week have shown signs and symptoms of distemper. Other parts of Volusia
County have also seen an increase in sick raccoons.
Raccoons are susceptible to both canine and feline
distemper, which can be deadly to unvaccinated pets.
Please do not leave pet food outside that can attract
unwanted attention. Raccoons that are infected with distemper usually move
slowly, stumble, appear confused and can lose their fear of humans. Some sick
raccoons can become aggressive. If you notice a raccoon behaving
abnormally or showing signs of being sick, do not approach and avoid contact
with the raccoon.
Residents are asked to report sick raccoons to Volusia
County Dispatch at 386-736-5999.