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Distemper spreading through local raccoon population


September 16, 2020

Karen Copperberg

On Sept. 12, Boulder County Animal Control Officers Terry Snyder and Mary Jo Montana responded to a call about a sick raccoon at a house on Peppertree Drive in Niwot, the second call to that block in recent weeks.

The Boulder County Animal Control Unit has confirmed that a recent rash of raccoon deaths in Niwot was caused by canine distemper, a viral disease that is sometimes confused with rabies.

"We have seen a lot of distemper in Niwot," animal control supervisor Sarah Spensieri said. "I know that I personally was out on Franklin on a call last week, and we also had one on CenterBridge and one on Spr...

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