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Plight of raccoons is concern to resident


To the Editor:

As your readers may recall, we have been filming woodchucks on our property for years. In addition, we film a variety of animals and birds who live on our property including those that are ill or injured. Our property seems to be accepted by wildlife as a safe haven. Our birdbath is used by a variety of animals and birds.

Within the past two weeks, two ill raccoons have been filmed. Symptoms of one raccoon included obsessive licking of its front legs and feet, thirst, weakness, panting with labored breathing and a slow, somewhat unsteady gait. We provided water and food, which was accepted, but this raccoon died within a couple of days. A turkey vulture approached the carcass but chose not to eat.

The second raccoon was filmed today with symptoms similar to the first, excluding licking of legs and feet. This raccoon was also drooling. I approached this raccoon with food but it seemed oblivious of my presence. After laying beneath our bird bath for some time, the raccoon moved slowly off towards the woods, leaving the food untouched.

I suspect both raccoon were poisoned but if not, it may be a sign of deadly illness. People in the area should be on the lookout for other affected animals and treat these and all other wild animals with caution.

Sincerely,

—Susan Sam

Imlay City


September 29, 2010

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