Possible raccoon distemper outbreak in Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Houghton city could be facing a distemper outbreak in the raccoon population.

Canine distemper is a virus similar to rabies.

The virus is not contagious to humans.

It can spread through the air to skunks, foxes, wolves and household pets.

Houghton city police have received around 30 calls recently of raccoons showing possible signs of distemper.

"Their equilibrium is off, they fall down, and they act like they're not afraid of humans. You might think they look intoxicated. So, if you see any of those signs, call your local police department, call your vet clinic or you can call the DNR," says Houghton city police officer Lieutenant Nicholas Roberts.

You can protect your pets by keeping them on a leash and up to date on all vaccines.

Houghton city police strongly urge everyone to stay away from animals showing signs of distemper.