Raccoon, Fox, and Skunk, are "RVS", Rabies Vector Species and can not be relocated. While typically a rabies infected animal is usually lethargic or aggressive, staggering, growling, foaming at the mouth, unusually friendly, paralysis, and acting down right peculiar, you can't always see the symptoms. If you or a pet have been exposed to the saliva and/or blood of any of these animals, or any animal, wild, or domestic, with any of these symptoms,
GET MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY! Remember, If you see a mostly nocturnal animal during the day, DOES NOT mean that it is infected. If you should see an animal with any symptoms, please avoid this animal and call a licensed NWCO S.M.L. Nuisance Wildlife or DEP. For more VERY inportant RABIES info, click on the DEP link. This info should prove to be very useful.
The Raccoon (procyon lotor), is usually found in wooded ares near water, streams, and marshes, but can easily adapt to developed areas. Raccoons can weigh up to 30 pounds, the males being slightly larger than females. They breed late winter or early spring. After a 63 day gestation period the young are born in April or May. They average four cubs per litter with one litter per year. Raccoons have a very good sense of hearing, sight, and touch, but taste and smell are not so good. they are very strong, good climbers, and are very smart. The raccoon can climb up gutter down spouts, siding, chimney brick, etc. They will try to get in a broken window to an attic or an open or unsecure gable vent, sheds, and barns. Raccoons will raid garbage cans, and damage gardens and crops. Raccoons can also be carriers of other pathogens transmissable to humans and pets, like; leptospirosis and raccoon roundworm.
The Fox, Red (vulpes vulpes) right,
Gray (urocyon cinereoargenteus). The reds have orange-red coat with black feet, "white tipped" tail and white belly. Ear backs are black. Color phases change but always with a white tipped tail and black feet. The gray has a shorter snout, more cat like than the red, has shorter legs and is more stout. The inner ears, thoat, cheeks, and most of the belly are white. The top of the tail and the tip are black. Breeding from January though March, about 53 day gestation period, averaging 4-5 pups. Reds are more frequently seen even in the day time. The fox can carry the raccoon rabies virus and also mange and distemper. A special permit is required for trapping fox. A specific threat must be established toward penned livestock, poultry, supervised pets, crops, or a threat to public health and/or safety for a special permit to be issued.
The stripped skunk (mephitis mephitis) meaning "bad odor". Having a pluffy black coat with paterns of white stipes from it's neck down it's back, usually making 2 stipes and mixing at the tail. Some are more white than black. Breeding takes place during February and March. Gestation period is 60-70 days, and averaging 6 young, born April and June. In my mind, skunks, though it may seem they are damaging your lawn with little cone or funnel shaped holes, they are actually helping to get rid of grubs and snails that are eating your lawn or garden. If you have a serious grub problem, they CAN cause lawn damage. Their diet consists of grubs, snails, worms, nuts, fruits, amphibians, eggs, and garbage. Skunks are somewhat docile, and they do warn before they spray, by stomping feet and raising the tail, so don't corner or make them nervous, you'll be bathing in tomato juice or vinegar. The main componant in the spray is called "butylmercaptan" They will bed down under a porch or a shed, but they are nomadic and probably won't stay long.
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