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Old March 12th, 2018, 06:34 PM #1
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Dang racoon in broad daylight

Just finished bringing in fire wood for the night and sat down at the PC for a few minutes and the dog started barking out the back door like she had just seen Satan. I look and there is a racoon walking across the yard. Daytime racoon is not good news so I grab a rifle and head out. Its gotten almost across the yard and I have to work around the goat enclosure to get a clear shot and the thing turns and runs into the goat pen and starts chasing a goat around. Still no clear shot then runs to the other end of the pen where fencing is got smaller holes and it can't get out so it started heading back where it came from and I finally get a shot and it is down. One shot to the chest area with a 17machII and second to just be sure. Now the health department has it. Glad it went after the other old goat and not me.
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[QUOTE=Clovis;5140387]Just finished bringing in fire wood for the night and sat down at the PC for a few minutes and the dog started barking out the back door like she had just seen Satan. I look and there is a racoon walking across the yard. Daytime racoon is not good news so I grab a rifle and head out.

Apparently, he didn't set his clock forward. Anyway, will the health department update you? Since you have goats, I would think that if it had rabies, they would want you to know.
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Health department said they would let us know. Goats are up to date on rabies shots. I guess he could have been particularly upset by the recent time change.
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I would have shot the goats. What I wouldn't give for all my animals out in the field to croak! Hate those damn things!
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He is probably the same schedule. You are the one that is off schedule. ;-\
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I would have shot the goats. What I wouldn't give for all my animals out in the field to croak! Hate those damn things!
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Had a skunk walk across an open field and into barn a couple years ago. Labor Day, near 90F. Got in with goats, I popped it thru lungs with CB cap, double bagged and iced it.

Health Dept. person on call didnt want to come out cause it was Labor Day. FINALLY came out and got it. Test came back positive.

Quarantined everything, kids / animals missed county fairs, etc.

Funny thing, they were WAY more concerned with animals than me!

Took months to get my titer checked.( I had shots 25 years earlier) . Titer still good.

Killed a few more soon after that I'm sure had rabies, one paralytic. Bleach and a deep hole.

Coons around here had distemper a few years back, some symptoms are similar.
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Just be glad you didn't get bitten/exposed. I had to do the post exposure rabies a few years ago, I think it was like 7 shots spread out over like 2 weeks time.

Up here in Harford you have to go to the ER to start it, then they send you to another hospital that has some kind of daytime primary care area to complete the process.
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Just be glad you didn't get bitten/exposed. I had to do the post exposure rabies a few years ago, I think it was like 7 shots spread out over like 2 weeks time.

Up here in Harford you have to go to the ER to start it, then they send you to another hospital that has some kind of daytime primary care area to complete the process.
Figured it was likely rabid, that's why I went after it to begin with, it only went after the goat after I was out trying to get a shot at it. Posted here with the intent to warn folks of the problem of rabies in the area and hope no one else has a problem.
Oh, and I considered distemper as well but I have not experienced something with this much aggression around here in the past. Was going to just bury it but thought the county ought to know the problem and add to the stats.
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Glad you posted. I had heard from folks that I know at Frederick Memorial Hospital that they were seeing a lot of cases of possible exposures in late summer and fall of 2017. This is anecdotal information of course, but it's good to be aware, and your post is a useful heads up reminder to folks to be wary of unusual behavior by raccoons, skunks, foxes, etc.

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