The Mirror previously reported that raccoon dogs, a potentially dangerous and invasive wild species commonly found in East Asia, were roaming the UK countryside – and now one released again…
An “unpredictable” raccoon dog has been freed in the UK for almost a month and Britons are being warned not to go near the creature.
The potentially dangerous animal may have traveled for miles, experts warn, and people are being urged to report any sightings.
The Mirror has previously reported on how dangerous and invasive wild species commonly found in East Asia are moving across the UK countryside.
In 2019, we reported that a village in Nottinghamshire was “under siege” after two raccoon dogs “completely insane” escaped from a siege. Police said at the time that the dogs were “potentially dangerous” after villagers spent two hours chasing away the snarling and hissing creatures after they were awakened by a “coagulation scream”.
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Now WalesOnline reports that people in a rural area of Wales are being advised not to go near a raccoon dog, which has been free for almost a month.
The creature, a member of the canine family despite having a face more like a raccoon, was first reported by Natural Resources Wales on Monday, who said it had fled its home. In fact, it has survived in the wild for several weeks.
The only confirmed sighting of the animal to date occurred on Friday, January 21.
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No further people have seen the raccoon dog, but officials believe it may have traveled as far as 8 miles alone in rural Wales and warned people of the “unpredictable” nature of the dog. it.
Leaflets were distributed to locals in the area in and around Colebren in Powys, where the animal was sighted almost a month ago.
According to NRW: “Raccoons will naturally fly farther in the wild and so they can be seen more than 8 miles away. They are small, nocturnal, fox-sized animals that are native to the wild. from East Asia, looks like a panda. Their diet consists of fruits, insects, rodents, frogs, birds and eggs so they can have a negative impact on native wildlife. land.
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“If you think you may have spotted one (dead or alive), or know where it may have escaped from, please report this as soon as possible. As with any wildlife Either way, their behavior can be unpredictable and should not be approached.”
Rural people are panicking over warnings not to go near wild raccoon dogs that have mysteriously appeared in Wales and have previously terrorized locals and attacked animals in Nottinghamshire.
In July 2020, one of the wild, fox-like creatures was captured and “humanely exterminated” in Carmarthenshire, something that has sparked anger among some, who say the animal should have been redone. This is only the second sighting of a raccoon dog in Wales.
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It’s not illegal to keep raccoons as pets, but the RSPCA “particularly discourages people” from doing so and as of February 2019 it is actually illegal to sell the animals because they pose a risk to native species in Europe. Breeding them is also illegal.
The raccoon dog is closely related to foxes and is a member of the canine family despite having a raccoon-like face. It is about the size of a medium sized dog.
They may bite if they feel threatened when approaching humans.
This animal is considered an “invasive species” native to the forests of China, Japan, Korea, Siberia and Vietnam.
It is special due to its “extremely strong smell”. Authorities fear people have kept them as pets, which has led to them roaming the countryside.
According to the RSPCA, the dog – also known as a ‘tanuki’ – is “unfit for life as a pet in a home environment”.
A spokesman for the charity said: ‘The Raccoon is not a domesticated pet. They need a lot of space and their needs simply cannot be met in a typical household. They are also extremely smelly, as they use scent to communicate with each other. “
Raccoon dogs are omnivores and therefore eat insects, rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, mollusks and undead, as well as fruits, nuts, and berries.
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The RSPCA has said it has acquired ‘pet’ raccoon dogs in the past after the animals were no longer wanted by their owners, most likely as a result of the raccoon dog “becoming” so it cannot be managed.
If anyone spots the raccoon dog, they are asked to contact NRW immediately on 0300 065 3000.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/unpredictable-raccoon-dog-loose-brits-26280337 The 'unpredictable' raccoon dog was released on the loose as Britons warned against coming near the creature