The first rabid bat found in El Paso county this season was discovered by three children on the southwest side of Colorado Springs.
The bat was found near 30th Ave.
Parents of two of the three children were told to get them rabies vaccinations.
The health department says it is a good reminder not to touch wildlife, event to help.
Listed below are recommendations from the health department to prevent rabies and recognize sick animals.
Rabies Prevention Actions:
• Vaccinate your pets and livestock regularly through a licensed veterinarian.
• Maintain control of your pets to reduce their exposure to wildlife.
• Make sure your pet is licensed at www.licensepet.com to get lost pets returned to you faster.
• Children should be taught to leave wildlife alone and to tell an adult if any animal bites or scratches them.
• Spay or neuter to decrease the number of stray animals. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region offers low-cost spay and neutering services. Visit www.hsppr.org/sn for more information.
• Report stray or ill animals to animal control by calling the Pikes Peak Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-473-1741.
How to recognize sick or diseased wildlife:
• Healthy wild animals are normally afraid of humans.
• Sick or diseased animals often do not run away when spotted by people.
• Wildlife suffering from rabies will often act aggressively and violently approach people or pets. However, sometimes rabid animals are overly quiet and passive and want to hide. If they are hiding, leave them alone. Rabid wildlife might also stumble or have trouble walking.
• Report sick or diseased wild animals to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) at (719) 227-5200. CPW website: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/WildlifeHealthRabies.aspx
El Paso County Rabies Data:
• Last year there were 9 total cases of rabies in bats, fox and skunks in El Paso County.
• Since 2010, rabies has been confirmed in 20 bats, 16 skunks and 7 foxes within El Paso County. Rabies data website: www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-DCEED/CBON/1251607766329
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