SOS Wildlife National Post: Spike in Raccoon-Related Injuries

by | Mar 5, 2021 | Raccoon Removal | 0 comments

Our operations manager, Sherwin, was featured in the National Post! The article discusses the spike in raccoon attacks and sightings currently happening in Toronto. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are finding themselves exercising outdoors as a way to get fresh air and time away from home. More time outside also means more encounters with wildlife, such as raccoons. According to the article, Toronto has seen a 62% increase in raccoon scratches and bites since January 2020. Officials are urging Torontonians to keep their distance from raccoons to avoid an attack and a possible visit with a healthcare provider. Sherwin weighs in on the diseases and germs that raccoons are often responsible for spreading. Raccoon attacks can be quite dangerous as their saliva may carry rabies or Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). These diseases are known to be harmful to the health of humans, dogs and other raccoons. Sherwin explains that if you or someone you know has been bit by a raccoon, you should be vaccinated immediately to ensure you remain healthy and safe. With warmer weather on the horizon, people have a higher chance of having raccoon encounters. We advise that you avoid physical contact with raccoons and other wild animals. For more information, please contact us or read the full article at the National Post.