Yes, raccoons can bite when threatened or cornered. They can become very aggressive and will scratch or bite if they feel threatened.
If you or your pet gets bitten by a raccoon, seek medical attention right away because the raccoon may be carrying rabies.
Look out for the following symptoms commonly seen in rabid raccoons:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Repeated high-pitched noises
- Heavy panting
- Matted body hair
- Difficulty walking
- Foaming at the mouth
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Can Raccoons Bite
Yes, raccoons can bite humans in self-defense or when they become infected with rabies.
Coons are very strong and super smart. Most times, they’d prefer to run away than attack your pets.
A cornered raccoon will attack your dog, especially if the dog is trying to harm it.
They push lunge at it and pull on its skin with their teeth until they rip it apart.
Through chicken wire
Yes, a raccoon has sharp teeth that can cut chicken wire. The best remedy t stopping raccoon attacks on your chicken coop is by using plenty of trapping, and a good chicken dog!
Two-inch chicken wire is very easy for a coon to rip apart. The 1-inch chicken wire is a little harder for them to tear apart, but if they want what is on the other side of the chicken wire, it will not stop a coon from getting in.
What Do You Do If A Racoon Bites You?
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Wash the wound with soap and warm water for at least 5 minutes.
- Doctors will treat the wound and administer post-exposure prophylaxis, a vaccine that treats the effects of raccoon bites or scratches.
When left untreated, symptoms of rabies in humans include:
- Anxiety or agitation
- Trouble drinking water
- Delirium or hallucinations
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Itching at the wound site
How Can You Prevent A Raccoon Attack?
- Keep and maintain your distance to avoid any form of confrontation.
- Contact wildlife control services rather than trying to scare or chase it away.
- A threatened raccoon will attack you to defend itself or its young.
- DO NOT feed raccoons.
- Use motion sensor lights, a spray of garlic and cayenne pepper solution, and other common deterrents, around the main entry points on your property.
- Call in professionals.