Wild raccoons GENERALLY leave you alone, but if they have a source of food near you, such as garbage cans, or they decide to take residence in your attic (which happens surprisingly often), or pet food left out.. they can be a REAL nuisance. At that point, they become dangerously comfortable around humans - and even arrogant.
Once a wild animal loses their fear of humans and become defiant - that's when you need to have them removed.
If you see a raccoon out during the day, does that mean they're rabid? No. That's an old wives tale. Raccoons come out when they're hungry, thirsty or bored, which can be during the day or at night. They typically do not come out during the day because its not as safe for them - so you should be slightly alarmed if they're out during the day - but that does not automatically mean they are rabid. You should be alarmed because they have lost their fear of humans.
Once they lose their fear of humans, that's when they can become aggressive about what they consider their territory. Your garbage can. Your attic. Your pet food. That's when they are most likely to snarl and bite - and whether or not they are rabid - they carry diseases that can cause bad infections and you don't want to get bit.
If you DO get bit, ASSUME IT HAS RABIES and get treated immediately and make sure the raccoon is put down, because it is agressive and WILL bite again, just as when you have a pet who likes bite people and break skin - its trouble.
Do not feed raccoons. Never, ever, ever.
You will never get rid of them. Then you'll have to call people like us to take care of it, as government animal control USUALLY doesn't take care of raccoons - they take care of dogs and cats mostly. But check with them first before calling a nuisance wildlife removal company as you might be lucky.
Do not keep a raccoon as a pet. It's illegal just about anywhere for while you can TRAIN them, you can never TAME them, and a raccoon that's used to people is not a good thing except for the movies.
Raccoons aren't that big, but they can bite hard enough to warrant an ER visit, and raccoons are one of the main sources of rabies infections, so I would have to say that raccoons are dangerous, and you should avoid them if at all possible
How do you explain this then? I just got out of bed to get my morning paper and when I opened the door, there were FOUR BIG ASS raccoons at my front porch fighting with each other over a small container of cat food. Those vicious looking things growled, hissed and even moved TOWARDS ME!! They didn't even care that I was human! I just grabbed my huge cup of HOT coffee and tossed it on the bastards! They all ran like bitches in pain! GOOD! I called animal control and they never came. The next time I catch those damn things, I'm going out there with a lighter and a can of Aqua-Net Hairspray!