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Don't fraternize with friendly raccoons

Hendersonville police have received numerous calls from residents reporting sick raccoons in their yard.

Authorities have confirmed that distemper has moved into Henderson County from Buncombe County, wildlife biologist Justin McVey said. The sick animals will appear drunk, wobbly and even friendly. Wildlife and law enforcement is asking that you do not touch or feed these animals. Officials also reminded pet owners to make sure pets are up-to-date on all vaccines. If your pet shows symptoms of being sick, please contact a local veterinarian as soon as possible.

If you encounter one of these animals, please contact your local law enforcement agency.