So cute, so furry, and so chock full of parasites. While raccoons are fun to watch, they are neither friendly nor clean — and they can make you sick in more ways than one.

Native to North America, you can find raccoons just about everywhere except for parts of the Rocky Mountains and southwestern states. Raccoons are naturally adaptive and have successfully managed the transition from woodland and streamside environments to suburban neighborhoods, parks, and urban areas. Quick to take up residence in buildings, eaves, and crawl spaces, it is not unusual for a raccoon to exploit structural… more


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