Zombie Raccoons overtake Youngstown, Ohio

Police in Youngstown, Ohio have responded to more than a dozen calls in the past three weeks from homeowners scared of raccoons in their yard. They say the raccoons are acting strangely, but not in a way that suggests rabies. 


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Several of the people who called to complain described similar behavior. Raccoons walking around on their hind legs, flashing their teeth at each other and other animals, and then falling over on their backs and lying comatose.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the most likely cause of this behavior is a raccoon specific disease called "distemper". 

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