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Published August 11, 2012, 09:01 PM

Raccoons within city limits have authorities on alert

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Most of you have seen a wild animal or two whether it's by the lake or in the woods. But one Curious critter is making its way into city limits and has police and wildlife officials on alert.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Most of you have seen a wild animal or two whether it's by the lake or in the woods. But one Curious critter is making its way into city limits and has police and wildlife officials on alert.

Sergeant Ryan Dorrheim with the Fargo Police department says in the last two weeks there have been 7 to 8 calls particularly in the North Fargo area regarding raccoons within city limits.

Sgt. Ryan Dorrheim/Fargo Police: "This is where we're starting to see calls for service now where the animal appears to be sick, or appears to be somewhat or had been aggressive."

Two spotted and euthanized on Thursday were said to be acting dis-oriented or ill.

RYAN: Currently our CSO's are working with Game and Fish to see if they're seeing something else in the state or if we have to worry about rabies, or anything like that, raccoons predominately have rabies and distemper.

North Dakota Game and Fish expert Doug Leier says the amount of calls is high.

Doug Leier/ND Game & Fish: "There might even be more scenarios or situations where people haven't contacted authorities so yea it is definitely a reason for people especially if you're in that vicinity of where the calls and the contacts have come in, is to be even a little bit more aware of the potential."

If you ever come in contact with one, Leier says it's always best to give any wild animal plenty of space, and even though they may look cute and furry they can be very harmful.

Doug: "Even if it's not rabies, which is exteremly serious and could be deadly, there's just the everyday concerns of mites, fleas and tics and things like that that can be transferred to humans."

Some things you can do to protect yourself is to keep your garage and garbage lids closed especially at night since raccoons are more active at that time.

Doug: "Closing your side doors, covering your window wells, it's some things that we might overlook, but that can be the difference between drawing in wild animals."

Whether it's the lack of food, low water levels, or just curious creatures, Both Dorrheim and Leier say don't be surprised if one of these nosy critters ends up on your doorstep.

If you see a wild animal, especially those acting ODD you are asked to call the Fargo Police Department.

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