ROSS, Pa. (AP) — Residents of an upscale Pittsburgh suburb say they've seen alarming numbers of wild animals emerging from the woods and appearing seriously ill, forcing police there to shoot the animals.

Ross Township police tell KDKA-TV ( ) they've been shooting five to 10 groundhogs and raccoons each day. Residents say they're concerned the sick animals could infect their pets and say the stench from the rotting carcasses is also a problem. Police aren't allowed to transport the dead animals in their vehicles and a company contracted to remove them hasn't been able to keep up with the glut of dead animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program says they'll be contacting the township about the problem.

Police think the animals might be getting sick from an oral rabies medicine that wildlife officials spread in the woods.


Information from: KDKA-TV,