Raccoon Rabies Warning

Raccoons in Inwood Hill Park have tested positive for rabies. Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal. We remind New Yorkers to stay away from raccoons and other wild animals that can carry rabies.

Leave wildlife alone:

  • People and pets should stay away from wild, stray, sick, or injured animals at all times.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee to report sick or injured animals.
  • Do not feed wildlife.

If you are bitten:

  • Wash the wound with soap and water immediately.
  • Call your doctor or go to the emergency room for medical care.
  • Call 311 to report the bite.
    • If bitten by a dog or cat that has an owner, get the owner's name and contact information to share with 311.
    • If bitten by a raccoon or other wild or stray animal, provide the location of that animal to 311.

Vaccinate your pets:

  • Make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines.

For more information, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Raccoons in New York City page, or call 311.


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