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Rabid Skunks Raise Concern in the Area
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Kaye Merriman, Waco Mish, thought it very odd that a skunk showed up in broad daylight in her yard. She thought it even odder when the animal pawed at its head and walked around in circles.

When she found the skunk dead, she felt like it should be checked out. The dead skunk appeared on the weekend so her first call was to the Pueblo County Sheriff. She also called the Pueblo City-County Health Department and eventually talked to a member of the USDA who showed up to pick up the animal’s carcass on the 19th.

On the21st it was confirmed by the health department that the skunk was rabid. When the carcass was picked up in an area where Merriman feeds some feral cats the representative of the USDA set a trap to catch some of the cats and see if they were rabid. Instead they caught a second rabid skunk. Merriman has also heard of uninvestigated claims of rabid skunks in the ______________area.

Rabies is a contagious and fatal viral disease of dogs and other mammals that causes madness and convulsions, transmissible through the saliva to humans.

You can´t tell if an animal has rabies by just looking at it. A clue though is if the animal is acting strangely. ... They will be hostile and may try to bite you or other animals. In movies, animals with rabies look like they are foaming at the mouth.

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