Game and Fish releases rabid skunk alert - Tucson News Now

Rabid skunk alert for Southern Arizona

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Game and Fish Department workers released an alert on rabid skunks.

Since the beginning of this year, they found 13 skunks with rabies in Pima and Santa Cruz counties.

That's compared to 17 in 2013.

"Once it spreads, it goes through the nervous system and it's fatal in most cases," says Debbie Tenkate, a field supervisor with Pima County. 

There were no reports of rabies in people, but officials ask the public to avoid feeding wildlife and make sure pets are up to date on their rabies shots. Livestock, horse and pet owners are advised to ask their veterinarian about how to protect their animals.

Learn more about rabies at http://1.usa.gov/1m4MIQk.

Outdoors enthusiasts who see wild animals acting out of the ordinary or see a large number of dead skunks or foxes should notify local animal control or Game and Fish at (623) 236-7201.

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