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Skunk in Madera Canyon tests positive for rabies

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-14 00:25:18-05

A skunk found at the Madera Canyon trail head on January 12 has tested positive for rabies according to the Pima County Health Department.

The skunk acted aggressively in the area of several park visitors.

Officials are not sure how long the skunk had been in the area.

If you think you or your pet may have made contact with the rabid skunk, call the Pima County Health Department immediately at 520-724-7797.

“It’s important to stay away from wild animals that appear unafraid of people or are acting unusual,” says Francisco Garcia, Director of the Pima County Health Department. “This is especially important when folks are hiking or visiting one of our many local or state parks.”

Please remember that if you see a skunk acting oddly, (out in the daytime, walking unbalanced or acting aggressive) immediately call the Pima Animal Care Center at 520-724-5900.

Protect your pets.  If your cat or dog is not current on their rabies vaccinations, be sure to vaccinate them as soon as possible.