Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials are reminding individuals to take precautions to protect against rabies. Spring brings warmer weather and a rise in outdoor recreational activity, increasing the potential of exposure to wildlife.
CCPSHD urges people to follow the following precautions to protect from rabies:
- Avoid wildlife, especially those exhibiting unusual behaviors, such as showing no fear of humans, aggressive behavior, staggering and/or acting sickly, and nocturnal mammals active during daytime.
- Keep all pets current on vaccinations and obey leash laws.
- Always keep pets away from wild animals.
- Never pick up, touch or feed wild or unfamiliar animals, even if they do not appear sick or aggressive.
- Report any wild animal exhibiting erratic or aggressive behavior.
CCPHSD advises individuals to seek immediate medical attention if they are bitten or have contact with a wild animal.
Pet owners should seek medical care from their veterinarian and call the appropriate authorities if their pet is bitten by wildlife:
- Wildlife emergency: 911
- Coconino County Public Health Services District Animal Management: 928-679-8756
- City of Flagstaff Animal Control/Flagstaff Police Department: 928-774-1414
- To report unusual wildlife sightings or behavior call the Coconino County Public Health Services District Animal Management Program at 928-679-8756
For more information on rabies visit www.azhealth.gov/rabies.