The Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency has declared open season on the animal, which is related to dogs, wolves and foxes though it resembles a racoon, and is described as a pest comparable to the American mink or the Spanish slug, The Local reported.
It's a known carrier of tapeworm and rabies, and can threaten a species of birds.
Swedish authorities have in recent years led a successful fight to keep the raccoon dog population, which is indigenous to China, Korea and Siberian Russia, to a minimum.But a new threat has emerged after more than 20 recorded sightings of the animal in neighboring Denmark.
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