In the last 2 weeks 2 likely rabid raccoons were found and killed in the un-paved New Salem Rd and Morse Village Rd. area. The raccoons were not tested but were acting strangely.
The wild animals that most commonly carry rabies in the US are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Any mammals can contract rabies including woodchucks (groundhogs) and coyotes.
People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but rare, for people to get rabies from scratches, abrasions or open wounds, or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth that are exposed to saliva from a rabid animal.
Animals with rabies may be acting strangely: aggressive, trying to bite you or other animals, may drool a lot, or move slowly, or act tame. Some animals may not show any signs of rabies. It is important to leave wild animals alone, including baby animals.
How can you help?
Teach children to never approach animals they don't know- even if they appear friendly.
Report any animal that behaves oddly to our local animal control officer via Shelburne Control: 413-625-8200.
Make sure your pets and livestock's rabies vaccinations are up to date.
Enjoy wild animals from a distance.
Don't feed or water your pets outside. Even empty bowls attract wild & stray animals.
Keep your garbage securely covered as to not attract wild or stray animals.
Keep your chimney capped and repair leaks in attics, cellars & porches to help keep wild animals like bats & raccoons out of your home.
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal: Wash the wound with soap and water right away for ten minutes. Call your health care provider. Call your local animal control officer.
Information from CDC and Mass.gov
Health Agent for the Wendell Board of Health