What to do with an animal that is behaving strangely or aggressively in Delaware in Delaware | Raccoon

What to do with an animal that is behaving strangely or aggressively in Delaware

Most wild animals keep their distance from people — and you should keep your distance from wildlife. Wild animals can be unpredictable. While actual attacks by wildlife are unlikely, they most often occur when animals are startled, sick or habituated to people, or if they feel threatened.

If an animal appears sick, it will likely die soon. It is often best to leave it alone. If there has been no contact with humans or pets and the animal is not threatening or aggressive, no further action is needed. Since there may be other infected animals in the area, stay on guard.

When human exposure (bite or scratch) from any mammal occurs, seek medical attention first, then contact the Delaware Division of Public Health (302) 744-4995 for guidance.

When a pet or livestock animal has been bitten or scratched by another animal, or otherwise been potentially exposed to any animal with or suspected of rabies, the Delaware Department of Agriculture must be contacted at (302) 698-4630. 

If the aggressive animal was potentially rabid, it is best not to touch your pet during this time since the rabies virus can remain alive on the hair and skin for up to two hours. If you must handle your pet, protect yourself by wearing gloves and protective clothing. If you have handled your pet without protection, consult your doctor for advice.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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