5 Reasons Why Raccoons Are So Dangerous

Aggressive Behavior:  Raccoons may become aggressive if they feel threatened, cornered, or are protecting their young. This aggression can lead to bites or scratches, which can transmit diseases like rabies or cause serious injuries.

Disease Transmission:  Raccoons can carry various diseases that are transmissible to humans and pets. The most concerning is rabies, but they can also carry parasites like raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) and leptospirosis, among others.

Property Damage:  Raccoons can cause significant damage to property, especially when they enter homes or buildings in search of food or shelter. They may tear up insulation, damage ductwork, and cause other structural issues.

Garbage Raiding:  In urban and suburban areas, raccoons are notorious for raiding garbage cans and dumpsters. This can lead to messes, spread of trash, and attract other wildlife or pests.

Traffic Hazards:  Raccoons are often hit by vehicles when they venture onto roads or highways, especially at night. Collisions with raccoons can pose risks to drivers and cause accidents.

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