Raccoon in Tree (IMAGE) Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Caption Raccoon were among the larger-bodied animals with slower lives and more sparse populations. They were less likely to infect ticks with Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis. Credit Barry Haydasz Usage Restrictions To promote this press release. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.