Pryor Animal Control seeing positive cases of distemper in raccoon population

PRYOR, Okla. — Pryor Animal Control is seeing an uptick of positive cases of distemper in the city’s raccoon population, officials said Wednesday.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “distemper is often fatal, and [animals] that survive usually have permanent, irreparable nervous system damage.”

Pryor Animal Control said 20 racoons have been captured that show signs of distemper, which include walking around randomly, being out during the day, or not being afraid of people.

Distemper can affect most mammals, including domesticated house pets but can be prevented if your pets are vaccinated.