Raccoons are annoying, especially when you find your trash thrown across your entire lawn, earning them the nickname “trash pandas.” That’s not what makes them dangerous, though, and they’re more dangerous than you think because they carry rabies. If they feel threatened by a human, they’ll bite and scratch. Even if their bites are minor, you’ll still need to go to the hospital if you’re bitten because they carry rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease with no cure. Dogs also carry rabies, but it’s much less common since they receive the rabies vaccine (via Business Insider).