Locals living in the area have been told not to approach the dog, which is a member of the canine family but looks more like a racoon.
Information issued by NRW said: ‘Raccoon dogs will naturally range further in the wild and so could be seen more than eight miles away. They are small, nocturnal fox-sized animals, originally from East Asia that look like raccoons. Their diet includes fruit, insects, rodents, frogs, birds and eggs so they can have a negative impact on native wildlife.
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‘If you think you might have spotted one (dead or alive), or know where it might have escaped from please report this as soon as possible. As with any wild animal, their behaviour may be unpredictable and are not to be approached.’
It is not illegal to keep the dogs as pets although this has been strongly discouraged by the RSPCA. Since February 2019, it has been against the law to sell the animal or breed it because of the risk they pose a risk to native species in Europe.
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While sightings are very rare, it is not the first time a raccoon dog has been on the loose in the UK.One was captured and humanely destroyed after being found in north Carmarthenshire in the summer of 2020.
In 2019, a village in Nottinghamshire was said to be ‘under siege’ when two raccoon dogs escaped and ran riot, attacking other animals.Also known as a ‘tanuki’, raccoon dogs are more often found in forests in East Asian countries including China and Japan.
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There have been reports of people keeping them as pets in the UK after buying them online.The RSCPA has had to take in the dogs in the past after their owners found they’d become unmanageable.
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