September 9, 2007September 9, 2007Scott Schrantz By Scott Schrantz Visitors Found these fellows lurking in the shadows around Parc de Maison Saturday night. We also saw some of their extended cousins rampaging around Telegraph Street Friday night, but didn’t get any pictures. Related posts: Snow Update #3 Here comes the rain and snow (maybe) Camel Races Nevada Day Events V&T Railway Running This Weekend Thanksgiving Steam Train
As cute as these little buggers may be, if one googles “raccoons as vectors”, one finds numerous diseases and harmful organisms associated with Procyon Lotor (lotor=washer). Raccoons also carry sylvatic plague, rabies, and other diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and domestic animals. (Nowak, 1991; Wilson and Ruff, 1999). This potential threat to human health is accentuated among the very young (<5yo), the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.