Zombie Raccoon Apocalypse: Stickney Police Warn About 'Growling' Raccoons, With Possible Distemper

Mike Krauser
March 19, 2019 - 9:43 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There's a zombie raccoon apocalypse in Stickney. 

Ok don't panic, we are kidding about the apocalypse part, but...

Stickney Police are warning this week about raccoons that are "acting strange" because they may have distemper.

The Stickney Township Animal Control issued a warning on Facebook for residents to be on the lookout for raccoons that are "not moving and just staring, growling, showing their teeth, crawling in circles." 

According to the warning, people should not approach these animals and should not let their pets, especially dogs, near them. Also do not try to feed them.

The Stickney Township Animal Control suggests that all dogs are vaccinated with the distemper virus shot. The virus can be fatal for a dog.

Raccoons infected with distemper are sometimes referred to as "zombie raccoons" and were reported in Cook County and in Ohio last spring. Distemper causes coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, anc chewing fits and can sometimes lead raccoons to lose their fear of humans.

Anyone who spots a raccoon that displays these behaviors is asked to call the Stickney Township Animal Control at 708-424-9200.