UPDATE | Image of 'zombie' raccoons are now on shirts


YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Clothing Co., an online retailer, has made a zombie raccoons shirt to promote awareness for the raccoons.

A portion of the proceeds from the $25 shirt will go to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division.

Matt McClure of Youngstown Clothing Co. thought the shirt might get 50 shares on Facebook, but now it has surpassed more than 500 since the shirt hit the shelves of the online retailer Sunday.

“We have never really had such a viral shirt,” he said. “It’s relevant right now because it’s in the news.”

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that several “zombie-like” raccoons shot by Youngstown police did not have rabies.

Police took six reports of raccoons from March 30 through Monday, four of which were on the West Side near Mill Creek MetroParks.

Reports described the animals as wobbling and stumbling.

The Youngstown City Health District said today the Ohio Department of Agriculture will test the raccoons for distemper.

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