Neighbors, around 1:30 today, Animal Control caught the raccoon that was behaving aggressively toward people and dogs this morning on the blocks between Danforth and Chestnut and Boylston and Paul Gore. Below are pictures of the raccoon. Click on the images to see full size versions.
According to the Animal Control Officers, the raccoon will be euthanized (poor guy), and tested (they test brain cells) for Rabies. One of the officers said they were not convinced it had Rabies as it was merely acting aggressively and did not exhibit tell-tale "drunken" behavior including stumbling around, walking in circles, and acting confused. One officer said it may have just gotten spooked or provoked.
In my earlier post, I stated, 1 person and two dogs had been bitten, I have not been able to confirm this information factually.Correction 3:10 pm 9/19 it one personwas bitten).
According to one person I spoke to, she was chased by the raccoon after going outside to see about the noise her dog had been making. She could not tell wether her dog had been bitten. Her dogs shots were up to date and he'll be getting a booster tomorrow.
I asked the Animal Control officers whether or not it could have infected other raccoon ( if it was itself infected) and the officer said the other raccoon(s) would not exhibit this behavior for three to six months.The test results will be ready later this week, I'll try to track them down and post them here.
If you want to learn more about Rabid raccoons see here on the CDC's website. You can see a map of confirmed Rabid raccoon cases here.
If you see what you think is a Rabid raccoon, get away, and please call 911 and always respect and keep your distance from wild animals.
Below are two videos of rabid raccoons to help you identify and distinguish between healthy and deceased ones.