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This includes no raccoon selfies. Toronto Animal Services is advising people avoid contact with raccoons after a 62% increase in bites and scratches between Jan. 2020 and last month, compared to the two-year average between 2018 and 2019. There are also a significant increase of sick and injured raccoons in 2020 — the city received 13,712 service calls for these animals in distress, compared to 4,172 received in 2019, likely because residents are home more than usual or spending more time exercising in their neighbourhoods because of COVID-19.

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