Flagler County, FL-A sharp increase in the number of sick raccoons being reported in Flagler County has officials there sounding the alarm.
The Sheriff’s Office says two sick raccoons were reported on Thursday morning. Those cases happened in different areas of Palm Coast. Most of the recent reports of sick animals have been in a 4-block area of the western part of the barrier island near the ICW in Flagler Beach.
Animal control officials say it may be caused by canine distemper which is a painful and fatal animal disease.
Sick animals may approach people or curl up and sleep in open areas near people. They may act disoriented and lethargic. They may become aggressive if cornered. Officials warn you to keep your distance and keep your pets away from them. Dogs or cats not vaccinated against distemper can catch the disease which is passed on via body fluids.
Officials warn never to feed wild animals.
If you see a raccoon that appears to be friendly, sick or is injured, contact the following:
· In unincorporated Flagler County, Bunnell or Flagler Beach, call Flagler Animal Services at
· In Palm Coast, call Palm Coast Animal Control at (386) 986-2520.
· Or call the Sheriff’s Office at (386) 313-4911.
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