Distemper in Raccoons Outbreak From Seaside to Astoria.

Posted by OCVA / December 16, 2010

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating a probable outbreak of canine distemper affecting raccoons along the north coast from Seaside to Astoria.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that infects raccoons, coyotes, skunks and non vaccinated dogs.  Symptoms may include discharge from the nose and eyes, a rough coat of hair, emaciated appearance and unusual behavior such as disorientation or wandering aimlessly.   Animals affected by canine distemper can be unpredictable and therefore potentially dangerous.

People who see a raccoon that is acting abnormally are advised to keep a safe distance and call the police, a commercial wildlife control operator or ODFW.  For more information click here.

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