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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: A suprise at camp today
Could be any number of things like rabies or distemper, as raccoons tend to be susceptable to both, plus now there's an intestinal parasite said to be plagueing them?
Some months ago our WCO asked us to notify him if we found any dead 'coons that weren't obviously dead as roadkill or some other reason, because they're testing them for a parasitic condition.
Naturally I offered to give out his home address so folks could just drop off carcasses on his porch, but his wife hollered NO! from the back of the meeting room.
Maybe 12-15 years ago we had lots of dead 'coons found up where my camp is in 3A. IIRC, it was the result of a distemper "epidemic" in that area, not rabies? We came across several dead ones in my woods, during fall turkey season that year. There is normally a large 'coon population around there, but we went several years before seeing any live ones again.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B