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University of Texas Warns Students to Avoid Raccoons on Campus After Three Are Bitten

University of Texas Warns Students to Avoid Raccoons on Campus After Three Are Bitten

“an increase of incidents involving raccoons and the UT student population where raccoons may be made bolder due to being fed by humans”

Raccoons may look cute, but never forget they are wild animals.

The Austin American-Statesman reports:

University of Texas warns of raccoons on campus after three students bitten

University of Texas officials are warning students to stay away from raccoons on the campus after three students were bitten and received rabies vaccinations as a precautionary measure.

The UT Office of Campus Safety tweeted Wednesday that the university has seen “an increase of incidents involving raccoons and the UT student population where raccoons may be made bolder due to being fed by humans.”

The raccoon in question is believed to be located around the outside of the McCombs School of Business and the Perry-Castañeda Library, and it might feel threatened by close contact, especially if it has offspring nearby, according to the UT Office of Campus Safety.

UT said people should be aware of their surroundings in the area and seek medical attention immediately if they are scratched or bitten by a raccoon or any other wildlife. The university also is urging people to not approach raccoons with the intent to feed, pet or take pictures with it.

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Raccoons can also carry a parasite which can cause blindness in humans. Transferred via poop.

https://www.cdc.Gov/parasites/baylisascaris/index.html

“University of Texas warns of raccoons on campus after three students bitten”

Do they realize they are not allowed to post this without running it through the Ministry of Truth?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | May 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Reading the headline, I see a simple solution. Tell the students to stop biting the raccoons.

      Or send the racoons to Ukraine. And tell them not to warn the Russians they’re dangerous.

      Dripping with gravy, she served the roast…..

        JRaeL in reply to coyote. | May 3, 2022 at 4:59 pm

        A lady I worked with liked to stop at a roadside BBQ stand which she claimed at the most delicious BBQ. Turns out raccoon ain’t just for caps anymore. The stand was shutdown. I think the guy selling possum BBQ prolly complained.

Is there no depth to which these students will not sink? Of course the raccoons set a horrible example for teenage girls with all that eye shadow!

henrybowman | May 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm

Auston college students.
Good thing there aren’t any bears there.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | May 2, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Why is that? Just wondering…

      Well, that’s because now days college is a picnic and it’s a good thing there are no bears because they would steal the picnic baskets.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | May 4, 2022 at 7:49 am

        Please! That’s park bear behavior!

        (All joking aside: it makes me sad seeing bears who have become dependent on garbage and treats because they can’t fend for themselves. )

      henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 3, 2022 at 12:01 am

      “Aw, lookit the cute bear!”
      That’s why.

      “While Chantel wrestles the bear, let’s hear from our friends at Mutual of Omaha…”

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | May 4, 2022 at 7:52 am

        I’d love to have one as a neighbor. But I’d never do what this idiot did. An acquaintance from decades back lived in rural Arkansas. He was a recluse who made his living as a maintenance programmer. He would sit on his front porch and play guitar. A female black bear would come along and sit about 50 feet out and listen to him play. When he get done he just look at her and say no more and go back inside she stand up on her hind legs tilter head in question drop back down on her paws and runoff into the woods. I’m not even sure I’d want to be that close.

healthguyfsu | May 2, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Were they bit in the daytime or at night? That changes the risk of rabies.

It’s possible that students aren’t feeding them but they are feeding off the trash. Being at a college campus, students throw away a ridiculous amount of food just going to dining halls and not eating what they take.

Just wondering why students would want to bite racoons…

Why are students biting raccoons? Seems crazy risky. On a serious note I can’t write for other states but in Florida if a person is bitten by one of the following the default position is the animal is rabid.

Fox, Raccoon, Bat, Coyote, Bobcat, and Feral Cat. So unless the animal is trapped and euthanized for a necropsy to check for the virus rabies treatment will be given. Unless you had the preventative shots.

People thought I was being overly cautious when I had my then horse vaccinated against rabies. This was over 20 years ago. Rabies vaccination is not part of the routine vaccinations for horses.

Seem to remember a Beatles song abt Rocky Raccoon…….

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