AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas Office of Campus Safety says it has seen an increase in incidents involving raccoons and the UT student population.
Officials say the interactions have resulted in three students being bitten and receiving rabies vaccinations as a precautionary measure. They say they believe the raccoons have become emboldened due to being fed by humans.
One of the raccoons is believed to be sheltering around the outside of McCombs/PCL. Officials believe the raccoon may feel threatened by close contact because it might have babies nearby. They ask people to be aware of their surroundings when they are near this area.
File photo of a raccoon. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
People are advised to not approach, attempt to feed, harass, or try to pet raccoons or any wildlife on campus. If you are bitten or scratched, you're asked to immediately seek medical attention.
For wildlife concerns, you can call Animal Make Safe at 512-471-2671.
Officials advise calling the following numbers for medical assistance if you're on campus:
- 911 - if severe or potentially life-threatening
- 512-471-4955 - University Health Services (Student)
- 512-475-6877 - 24 Hour Nurse Advice Line
- 512-471-4647 - HealthPoint Occupational Health (Staff)