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Are Raccoons Dangerous to People?

Raccoons typically cause problems by rummaging through garbage cans, raiding pet food, and disrupting quiet neighborhoods at night. However, like most wildlife, raccoon behavior may turn aggressive when these pests feel threatened.

Raccoon teeth and claws are sharp, and these powerfully built animals can reach up to 20 pounds in weight. As a result, a raccoon attack, though rare, can be dangerous to people, cats, and dogs.

Are Raccoons Mean to People or Pets?

Raccoon aren’t mean to homeowners or their animals in general. While many of these urban pests have lost their fear of people, they usually won’t act in a hostile way without cause. Raccoons are dangerous only in rare instances, such as when males defend their territory or females protect their young. Raccoon attacks are most common when these animals are injured or diseased.

Signs of Aggressive Raccoon Behavior

When cornered or frightened, a raccoon will usually try to scare a predator, pet, or human away. The pests try to make themselves appear larger, huff, grunt, or even lunge forwards in a mock attack. Raccoon teeth look intimidating, so the pests may also bare their pointy incisors as a scare tactic.

Raccoons in the Home

Raccoons in homes can create many problems. In addition to property damage, they can transmit diseases to people. To avoid raccoon attacks and health risks, never try to approach or handle these animals. Instead, contact a Trutech agent for safe and effective pest control solutions.