Raccoons Can Be AggressiveRaccoons are nocturnal creatures, meaning they tend to move around mostly at night. For this reason, they don't come in contact with humans every day. People are much bigger than the furry creatures and are perceived as a threat to the animals. When raccoons feel threatened, they are known to aggressively bite and scratch. There are many documented cases of people being attacked by raccoons when they approach the animals. These encounters always result in injury to the person involved, and in some cases, people die from blood loss or diseases they catch from the raccoons. Another possibility is that the animal could get hurt in the scuffle. You don't want to cause any harm to these cute creatures, so it's best to keep your distance.
Raccoons Often Carry DiseasesMany wild animals carry infectious diseases that are harmful to humans. Raccoons are no exception. If you get attacked by one because you get too close, you could be exposed to the following diseases:
- Canine distemper
- Infectious canine hepatitis
- Raccoon parvoviral enteritis