Can wild animals spread COVID-19 to me or my pet?

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is circulating in free-living wildlife in the United States or that wildlife might be a source of infection for people. However, because animals can carry other diseases, even without looking sick, it is always important to enjoy wildlife from a distance. Take steps to prevent getting sick from wildlife in the United States:

  • Keep your family, including pets, a safe distance away from wildlife.
  • Do not feed wildlife or touch wildlife droppings.
  • Always wash your hands and supervise children washing their hands after working or playing outside.
  • Leave orphaned animals alone. Often, the parents are close by and will return for their young.
  • Do not approach or touch a sick or dead animal.

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