Interesting article in Field & Stream this month about rabies and raccoons. I've lived in the woods for some twenty years now, and can remember three occasions where raccoons and at least one possum were in the area, (once in my garage), and displayed rabid behaviour. I shot two of the raccoons and the possum, a couple others disappeared into the night. I had the one that wouldn't leave my garage tested and sure enough, he definitely had rabies. I didn't handle any of those shot. I used a long handled shovel and burned the carcasses with gasoline. The one I had tested I manged to get into a plastic garbage bag for transport to the vet. Something to keep in mind when you see '****, 'possoms or especially skunks, they could be deadly. The vet told me that 90% of skunks carry rabies, (yeah 90%). If you see one at any time in the daylight, he's got it. So remember when that cute little raccon knocks over your garbage can, rabies, untreated is almost 100% FATAL.