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Public warned to avoid bushy-tailed tearaway

Police have warned residents of Callander, near Stirling, to stay away from a wild raccoon that escaped from a wildlife park.

A raccoon similar to this one is on the loose

The animal escaped from Auchingarrich wildlife centre in Crieff, Perthshire four months ago, and it has been spotted in various locations around the town.
Police in Callander have issued a public warning not to approach the raccoon.The male raccoon made a break for freedom when storms damaged his enclosure.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The raccoon is not dangerous, however it may give a nasty bite should it be cornered.

“It is an adult male and roughly the size of a domestic cat. A young child could easily mistake it for being a pet, lift it and get a nasty bite.”

Raccoons are nocturnal and likely to hide in trees during the daytime. Police have said it will not attack anybody but if distressed it could become aggressive.

The spokeswoman added: “If you come across the raccoon do not approach it but call the police immediately on 101.”

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