Utah officials: raccoons can be dangerous to own

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(WEHT)- Officials in Utah are warning the public about the dangers of having raccoons as pets. This comes after a five year old child was attacked by one owned by his neighbor.

Raccoons are not native to Utah and are illegal to own there without a permit. Owning one could come with a misdemeanor offense. Officials also point out that while raccoon cubs can be cute and cuddly, their behavior could soon change as they mature.

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(This story was originally published on January 5, 2020)

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