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This is the third rabid skunk picked up in Weld County this year. Rabies is a fatal disease. Please take the precautions listed below to protect you, your family, and your animals.
Rabies Signs and Symptoms
• nocturnal animal out during the day
• slow-moving, dazed, or unusually tame
• stumbling or walking in circles
• extreme aggressiveness
Protect yourself and your family
• Do not feed, touch, or adopt wild animals.
• If bitten, immediately wash the area with soap and water, and seek medical care.
• Ensure all dogs, cats, horses, and mammalian livestock are up-to-date on rabies vaccine, administered by a licensed veterinarian.
• Keep a close eye on any new puppy or kitten, while it is outdoors, until it has received the rabies vaccine and for 28 days after.
• Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins, and never leave pet food outside, which may attract wild or stray animals to your home or yard.
If you believe that you or your pets have had contact with this or any wild animal, or if you have questions about rabies, please contact the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment at 970-400-2290.
Read the Weld County Health Department Rabies Advisory in English and Spanish.