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Are raccons puting my horses in danger????
If they are raiding your barn & pooping in the feed yes, if they are rabid & bite your horse, oh yes.
If you have raccoons in your area, be sure to vaccinate your horses (as well as your other animals and yourself!) for rabies.
ETA: Bats are also a major carrier of rabies, so same warning as above :-)
As this is posted in barn maintenance I take it the raccoons are in/around your barn??? As noted above, yes, there are serious health implications that can come from having wildlife, including raccoons, in/around your horses, their feed and their living areas.
Raccoons once came into my house, ate my cat's food and he was absolutely sick for days. We had to get him an entirely new dish and change food because it just made him gag and other gross stuff...
They are smart little buggers. Unless everything is locked with a key, they can get into it. Be very careful!!
All of the above, and if any of them have a chewed up tail, call animal control to get them immediately. When coons get rabies they chew off their own tails. Tell-tale (punny) sign of trouble.
Even if they are not rabid, I would dispatch them or call some one to relocate them.
As others have said, yes. In addition to rabies, they can transmit EPM. My brother in law is an avid hunter/trapper and he takes care of them for me. It's a win/win as I get rid of pests/potential harm and he gets pelts to sell.
Many years ago, we had a female get in the indoor arena wall and have babies. It was fun finding out they were there when on a green horse and they skittered up the wall :shock:
Contract your local coon dog hunters....they would love to help you out.
This is a great site to read, please anyone who thinks bats are vectors for rabies, this comes right from the bat conservatory:
Bats and Rabies
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