According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 32 animals have tested positive for rabies just in 2018! For statewide data, please visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety.
Rabies is a viral disease that infects the brain and almost always results in death. Rabies is spread from wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes to other mammals primarily through saliva.
Here are some helpful tips from Colorado Department of Agriculture:
- Be aware of skunks out during the day. This is abnormal behavior and these animals should be avoided.
- Be aware of areas that can be suitable habitat for skunks such as dark holes, under buildings, and under equipment.
- Do not feed wild animals or allow your pets around them. Be sure to teach children to stay away from wild animals. Avoid leaving pet food outside as that may attract a wild animal.
For more information please visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture.