Seeing a deer feeding in your backyard is a special treat for many people, but as we continue to develop communities in formerly “wild” areas, are we putting ourselves and our pets at risk? Many wild animals can transmit some serious diseases. Deer often harbor deer ticks carrying Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Raccoons and skunks are important reservoirs of rabies and even deadly parasites. Watch this video for tips on how you can keep your family and your pets safe from dangers and zoonotic illnesses coming from your backyards!