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Old 03-15-2019, 11:29 AM
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In the last ten days we have had 3 raccoons out in the daylight. When approached no fear. Did not run off.
They may not be living anymore.

The third one was today and I am wondering if I should contact the Dept of natural resources or not.
I do not want to be issued a ticket for hunting out of season, but it is a little concerning the way these raccoons are acting. I had one a couple of years ago that was the same way but even aggressive.

We live out in the country but they are in an area that the dog has access to. The dog is up to date on all vaccinations, but I would not want him to get in to a tussle with a big raccoon.

Call or not?
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:32 AM
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shoot em!!!!!! And quit posting about it on a public forum
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:33 AM
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Probably rabies.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:34 AM
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It is mating season. We all have done things that don't make much sense during times like these.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:34 AM
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raccoons are routinely out in the daytime. and if they are use to people being close by they wont run from you. sounds like a routine day around my farm. when you see a rabid one, you will definitely know something is wrong
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Be very concerned. A female raccoon with kits may come out in daylight but are afraid of people. The first sign of a rabies infestation is Raccoons out during the day. This can pass to the squirrels and rabbits also.
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As mentioned likely rabid . I would dispatch and be done with it . Is there even a season for raccoon hunting . On the other hand if there has been 3 may want to call DNR as that's kind of odd for 3 in a short period . There was one the other day at my daughters high school wandering around sluggishly in broad daylight . Thought about pulling the kimber out to put it out of misery That was a joke for all those about to roast me ......
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I would make the call. May or may not achieve anything. I've been in exactly your shoes. Our Game Commission was not willing to come out & told me to call an animal control company. I chose SSS.

The downside was the second S really needed to be over 2' deep to prevent any potential spread of rabies.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
In the last ten days we have had 3 raccoons out in the daylight. When approached no fear. Did not run off.
They may not be living anymore.

The third one was today and I am wondering if I should contact the Dept of natural resources or not.
I do not want to be issued a ticket for hunting out of season, but it is a little concerning the way these raccoons are acting. I had one a couple of years ago that was the same way but even aggressive.

We live out in the country but they are in an area that the dog has access to. The dog is up to date on all vaccinations, but I would not want him to get in to a tussle with a big raccoon.

Call or not?
​​​​​​I used to work for our local health department and often had to take animal heads to the state lab for rabies testing. The rule is that if your dog got in a tussle with a rabid animal and it's up to date on shots, then it's just a ten day obeservation of the dog. It's a very low chance that the dog would get rabies if it's vaccinated. Unvaccinated, OTOH, is a 45 day quarantine (i.e. no interaction with humans or other pets).

If I were you, I would dispatch the raccoon and call the local animal control officer to determine if it should be tested. He/She will call the proper authorities to take the carcass away and have the head tested.
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This ^^^^
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:55 AM
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You can call Animal Control and have them do the dirty work. I have always been told Racoons and Daylight do not mix and that is the first sign of rabies if they are out in the daylight since they are nocturnal animals.
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https://www.raccoonatticguide.com/daytime.html

please read this! raccoons can be very active during the day. they are not 100% nocturnal, very common to see in the day time!
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yes, but did they leave strange footprints?
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Rabies or canine distemper if they are fearless of humans.
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What SOSC said. Yrs ago our goldie took on a rcoon and finally killed it. Even tho his shots were up to date he still had to be quarantined, we were allowed to do it at home. We also were on the hook to drop the carcass off to the vet and pay to have it tested by the state lab.
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they come out in the daytime all the time

if they live around people and there is food it is commonplace

I have hand fed them many times

they just want food
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
https://www.raccoonatticguide.com/daytime.html

please read this! raccoons can be very active during the day. they are not 100% nocturnal, very common to see in the day time!
I never said IT MEANS they are RABID, but it is a sign. And Rabies is nothing to ignore. Even with shots, dogs can still get it. and Its really bad if the squirrel population gets it. It will DECIMATE the population very quickly..
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
In the last ten days we have had 3 raccoons out in the daylight. When approached no fear. Did not run off.
They may not be living anymore.

The third one was today and I am wondering if I should contact the Dept of natural resources or not.
I do not want to be issued a ticket for hunting out of season, but it is a little concerning the way these raccoons are acting. I had one a couple of years ago that was the same way but even aggressive.

We live out in the country but they are in an area that the dog has access to. The dog is up to date on all vaccinations, but I would not want him to get in to a tussle with a big raccoon.

Call or not?
There is no hunting season on raccoons in Michigan. There is a trapping season. However, these words from the Michigan Hunting Guide:
"Woodchuck, raccoon, coyote and skunk may be taken without a license if doing or about to do damage on private property by the property owner or designee."
I doubt you'd be ticketed for killing a rabid raccoon.
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
I never said IT MEANS they are RABID, but it is a sign. And Rabies is nothing to ignore. Even with shots, dogs can still get it. and Its really bad if the squirrel population gets it. It will DECIMATE the population very quickly..
agreed! but 3 raccoons out in the daytime is nothing unusual! i see them all the time. when you see a true rabid animal, majority of the time it is acting really strange and usually looks sick! but healthy looking coons out in the daytime is not acting strange at all!
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agreed! but 3 raccoons out in the daytime is nothing unusual! i see them all the time. when you see a true rabid animal, majority of the time it is acting really strange and usually looks sick! but healthy looking coons out in the daytime is not acting strange at all!
One of the first signs is daylight venturing and they WILL act normal the few first days/weeks as the disease progresses. Then become more and more aggressive and loss of fear of predators (including humans, we are predators in the long run). Frothing and writhing is the absolute last stage.

Added: Raccoons for some reason are one of the few mammals that take along time from contracting the disease to ultimate death. That is why in most states they are considered a "vector" species. It is illegal to relocate in most states. Its a kill only option.
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