From the Queens Gazette:
City health officials are warning Queens residents to steer clear of raccoons that have been spotted running in daylight through neighborhoods from Long Island City to Fresh Meadows.
Residents are strongly advised to stay away from raccoons, squirrels and other animals that may be carrying rabies, a potentially deadly disease. Pet owners are also advised to keep dogs and cats away from the wild animals to prevent possible infection.
Health officials said raccoons are nocturnal animals that normally venture outside only when night falls. Raccoons that run through the streets in broad daylight are often carrying the rabies virus, a Department of Health spokesperson said.
One rabid raccoon was recently discovered in Long Island City, while residents in Flushing and Fresh Meadows reported raccoons in their back yards in daylight.