Pack of aggressive coyotes attacked sheep in El Paso County, sheep tests positive for rabies – KKTV

– Do not touch or feed wild animals. Wild animals such as skunks and foxes adapt to property environments if food is offered– please do not leave pet food outdoors.
– Make sure outdoor fencing is safe and secure from wandering wildlife.
– Contact your vet promptly if you believe your pet has actually been exposed to a wild animal.
– If family pets or people are bitten or scratched by a unknown or wild animal, call your doctor and report to El Paso County Public Healths bite report portal.

– However, often wild animals are passive and overly quiet and desire to hide. Leave them alone if they are hiding. Wild wildlife may also have or stumble difficulty walking.
ABOUT RABIES FROM EL PASO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH:
Rabies is a virus that is transferred by mammals. Rabies affects the brain and other parts of the main nervous system, triggering brain swelling and damage, and is almost always deadly once signs appear. Rabies spreads mostly through the bite of wild animals, via contaminated saliva. Rabies can likewise be spread out when saliva from a contaminated animal enters open injuries, cuts or gets in through membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.
To find out more, check out www.elpasocountyhealth.org
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – A health alert from officials in El Paso County was sent Friday night connected to an attack by a pack of coyotes.
According to a release provided by El Paso County Public Health, a sheep tested positive for rabies after it was attacked by coyotes. The attack happened on Aug. 4 at a residential or commercial property in the Elbert, Black Forest location.
” Public Health is asking residents in the Elbert, Black Forest area to be alert of wild animals, especially coyotes, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. It is essential for people bitten or scratched by a wild animal to call their physician and Public Health immediately. Preventive vaccination is readily available for individuals understood or believed to have actually been in contact with a wild animal,” Public Information Officer Natalie Sosa wrote in a release.
The pack of coyotes was explained as “aggressive” in the release sent out by Sosa.

Take these preventative measures to avoid rabies:
– Vaccinate your animals against rabies by utilizing a licensed vet. Rabies shots need to be improved, so check your animals records or speak to your vet.
– When strolling or treking with your dog, safeguard them and wildlife by keeping your canine on a leash.
– Keep cats and other pets inside at night to minimize the danger of exposure to other domestic animals and wildlife Keep pets within your sight (in a fenced lawn, or on leash) during the day while outdoors.

How to recognize sick wildlife:
– Sick animals frequently do not escape when identified by individuals.
– Healthy wild animals are normally scared of people.
– Wildlife experiencing rabies will typically act strongly and strongly approach family pets or individuals.

” Public Health is asking citizens in the Elbert, Black Forest location to be watchful of wild animals, specifically coyotes, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. It is essential for individuals bitten or scratched by a wild animal to call their medical professional and Public Health immediately. Preventive vaccination is offered for individuals known or thought to have been in contact with a rabid animal,” Public Information Officer Natalie Sosa wrote in a release.
Rabies spreads mostly through the bite of rabid animals, via contaminated saliva. Rabies can also be spread when saliva from a contaminated animal gets into open injuries, cuts or goes into through membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.