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Increase of raccoons with viral disease spotted in Cambridge

A local environmental institute says the racoons, mostly in the Blair Road area, are suffering from distemper
Raccoon (via Shutterstock)

Cases of raccoons with distemper are on the rise in Cambridge.

This according to the Rare Charitable Research Reserve, which monitors lands across seven properties in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

Communications Officer James Bow tells City News Kitchener, those animals, seeming lethargic and wandering around in daylight, should not be approached. 

"They don't have a fear of people, they are often confused, and they can attack if cornered...give it its space, you don't want to approach it, and just call animal control and they can send a professional out to deal with the situation."

Distemper is a viral disease that affects several mammals including dogs and cats.

Bow advises all pet owners to keep their pets on-leash if walking along nature trails, and ensure pets are up to date with their vaccinations.

Bow says the calls they have received have primarily been in the Blair Road area.

"We have heard from others, there is a general increase in the number of distemper cases, likely because raccoon numbers are increasing in every city across North America."

Cambridge Animal Services can be called at anytime at 519-623-6323.  

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