Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bobcat attack prompts rabies alert in Texas

Wild Cat Attack Prompts Rabies Alert in Brazos County

Posted: 7:12 PM Jul 13, 2009
Last Updated: 7:17 PM Jul 13, 2009
Reporter: Steve Fullhart
Email Address: fullhart@kbtx.com

Brazos County authorities are warning residents of possible rabies cases following what they say was an unusual bobcat attack.

Saturday morning, Sheriff Chris Kirk says a person at a home near FM 2038, Cobb and Saxon Roads was bitten by a bobcat in what was an unprovoked attack.

Animal control deputies, game wardens and state health officials have all said such an attack is unusual and may be an indicator that the bobcat was rabid.

The animal in question has not been caught, and the bite victim is set to undergo rabies shots as a result.

Kirk also notes a feral cat bite incident back on May 10 on Mize Road near this most recent incident, one that did turn out to be positive for rabies.

"This incident should serve as a warning to all in the community that wildlife is ever present and that contact with any wild animal should be avoided," Kirk wrote in a statement Monday. "If you believe that a domestic or wild animal is rabid and you or one of your domestic animals has been exposed, contact your local animal control authority immediately."

For more information on rabies, click on the link below this story.

http://www.kbtx.com/local/headlines/50678172.html
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