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In Utah...officials warn not to keep raccoons as pets
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 03, 2020 09:29PM

A 5-year-old boy underwent surgery last month after he was "significantly" scratched by a pet raccoon, state wildlife officials said.

The boy was playing outside near his home in Uintah County on Dec. 11 when the raccoon approached and attacked him, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley.

The boy's injuries were severe enough that he had to undergo surgery, DWR said.

The raccoon was euthanized after the incident, and then sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested for any diseases it may have had, said Tonya Kieffer-Selby, outreach manager for DWR.

The agency said that it was a family's pet raccoon. Breanna Burton, the boy's mother, reached out to and clarified that it wasn't her family's pet and that it belonged to a neighbor.

"It was somebody's pet; however, it wasn't (our pet)," Burton said. "My son was walking and the raccoon chased my son down."

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Date: January 04, 2020 11:01PM


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