Jane McGary via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:50:02 PDT
Mark is right to warn about raccoons and their parasites. They can also 
contract several diseases that are dangerous to domestic dogs and cats, 
including canine distemper and of course rabies. When I had to handle 
dead ones in the country, I didn't have "full PPE" but I did cover up 
and use long chemical-proof gloves, which I then discarded. Be sure your 
pets are up on their vaccinations if you live where they may contact 
raccoons. If they're like my big Malamutes, they will work on solving 
the raccoon problem on their own, and get bitten before eventually 
winning the battle. Incidentally, predatory dog + electric fence is a 
good deer preventive. The deer can jump the fence, but the dogs mostly 
will not. Until they discover it won't actually kill them!

This is probably going to get me in trouble, but I will mention that if 
you have a pest animal in a live trap, the easiest way to kill it is to 
submerge it, trap and all, in deep water.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 6/27/2020 1:01 PM, Mark Mazer via pbs wrote:
> Ernie...
>   "I do know that but I'm not about to shoot them"
>   I get it. Then hire a professional instead of being above the law. The
> survival rate for relocated raccoons is abysmally low and you are simply
> making your problem
> another person's burden. BTW... transporting a raccoon in your car is
> insane. Some 70% of the adults and 90% of juveniles carry various
> roundworms in their feces.
> Daughter is a pathobiologist and they would don full PPE when handling
> raccoons in UConns lab back in the day.
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