Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dead Raccoon


I found a dead raccoon in our backyard this morning. Rabies? Poison? I haven't figured out what to do with it yet. I called the local health department and am waiting for a call back...

Latest updates. Well, the health department can't do anything about it because it's on private property. I may have to summon up the courage to take a shovel and put the body into a double-layered bag later...

9 comments:

Matzo said...

The condition of that coonie in your photos is a healthier one. I would suspect abuse, injury or poison rather than rabies.

The Health Dept., Police Dept. or Dept of Natural Resources for your area should be called and the animal carcass removed. It may be tested for rabies by sending to a lab, but it needs to be done as soon as possible.

Matzo
http://doryandtheorphans.blogspot.com Raccoon Orphanage

Pigmentia said...

Thanks, Matzo. I appreciate your advice. The health department hasn't done much and they said that it's on private property so they can't come and get it :(

Matzo said...

Not knowing any specifics of your area -- therefore not knowing your risk zones -- it'd be my suggestion to just bury the poor soul. If I knew your location, I could further offer assistance that might help ease your fears.

He looks to be a victim of a car collision that may have either made it to your location or been brought by another animal.

Use a pair of surgical type gloves, put a baby blanket over him, wrap him up, and bury him. You could pour powdered lime over the body to assist in decomposition. Change your clothes and wash them before handling any other critters. Good handwashing protocol will prevent most diseases wild animals may harbor.

Matzo
Licensed Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabber
http://doryandtheorphans.com
Raccoon Orphanage

stoopid said...

shovel it out to the street...its on public property now!

Pigmentia said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. The landlord finally came last night and took the body away. I wonder what happened to the poor thing. His body was completely intact and there was no way that anyone could have driven very fast on the narrow driveway of our apartment grounds.

Masey said...

I'm so used to seeing the little buggers all cute and stuff...

It's sad to see one stiff and lifeless like that. :(

Pigmentia said...

Yeah. I was definitely sad when I found him.

TheresNoTylerDurden said...

Cool photo

TheresNoTylerDurden said...

Cool photo.