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Reports Of “Zombie” Raccoons In Other States

Posted: 3:11 PM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 19:11:11-04

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Although there are no reported cases in Kentucky, Powell County Search and Rescue officials say that cases of “zombie” raccoons are being reported in other states.

The animals are not actually “undead.” Rather the animals could possibly be affected with Distemper. The raccoons appear drunk, confused, emaciated and they may bare their teeth.

Distemper is highly contagious to other animals, so while humans may not be affected, your pets might catch the disease.

If you do see an animal acting strangely, contact Fish & Wildlife.