Beware of rabid animals

Published 05/19 2014 05:28PM

Updated 05/19 2014 07:38PM

With the recent fox bites in Alabama and Georgia, animal control is asking people to be on alert.

The furry animals may be cute, but they can be dangerous and even deadly.

Foxes are known to carry rabies, a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system.

"The reason why most animals attack is because they're feeling threatened,” said Environmental Supervisor Doug Turnbull. “You're in the wrong place at the wrong time, in their territory or they get caught in your territory so to speak."

We're seeing these wild animals more often and humans may be to blame.

As areas become more developed the animals are forced out of their homes.

"We have been seeing more wild animals out in the public, but the reason for that is because we're building in their environment, we're taking over their habitat," said Animal Control’s Sergeant Adrine Woodruff.

Last year Houston County saw five rabid animal attacks.

Raccoons lead the rabid population in Southern Alabama and majority of the attacks in Houston County are raccoons.

"If you see an animal an animal that's acting in a very bizarre or strange way you need to go ahead and call the police, call animal control or your rabies control people out,” said Sergeant Woodruff. “But now if the animal starts to approach you or acts weird then you definitely need to try to avoid it because that is not a natural behavior for wild animal."

If bitten or strached by a rabid animal there are a serious of shots to get rid of the disease.

Animal Control says they strongly encourage if you see a wild animal to leave it alone and walk the other direction.

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