Raccon with distemper lassoed

Jackson County Animal Control Officer Chris Tyson captures a sick raccoon at Mark Watson Park Monday morning. The sick animal had been walking in circles around the park while occasionally falling over, leading some observers to believe it was rabid. “It’s probably distemper on this guy,” Tyson said. “The eyes are real runny. We’ll take him back and euthanize him.” Distemper can spread from raccoons to dogs and cats, according to the American Veterinary Medicine Association.