Distemper in Raccoons Outbreak From Seaside to Astoria.
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.