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Rabid bobcat confirmed in Tazewell County

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TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WVVA) -

According to a release from the Virginia Department of Health, a bobcat collected on February 12th  from the Hogback area of Thompson Valley in Tazewell County tested positive for rabies. 

The release goes on to state the bobcat  was shot at a residence, and the owners notified authorities. 

The health department is asking residents in this area who may have come in contact or have pets or livestock that may have come in contact with any other suspicious animal to please contact the Tazewell County Health Department at 276-988-5585 or Tazewell County Animal Control at 276-988-1160. 

In addition to vaccination, Brian Stanley, environmental health manager for VDH's Cumberland Plateau Health District, advises the following steps to protect people and pets from rabies:

  • Avoid contact with wild animals or stray cats and dogs
  • Do not feed wild animals or stray cats and dogs
  • Report stray animals to your local animal control agency
  • Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home
  • Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash.
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