UPDATED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:31pm
Copperas Cove, TX — According to police, on May 29, Copperas Cove Animal Control was dispatched to the area of 207 North 5th Street, regarding a skunk displaying unusual behavior.
Animal Control Officers located the reported skunk at 101 West Avenue F and captured it. The skunk was sent to the Texas Department of Health Laboratory in Austin for testing. On June 3, the Copperas Cove Animal Control was notified the skunk was in fact infected with rabies.
Police are now requesting that any citizen who believes they or their pet, or has knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a skunk or other wild animal in this area, should immediately contact the Copperas Cove Animal Control at (254) 547-5584 or the Copperas Cove Police Department after regular business hours at (254) 547-8222. Also contact your physician and/or veterinarian in the case of a possible animal exposure.
Rabies infection is most common in bats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Signs of rabies infection in a human may include but are not limited to: fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis, hyperactivity or coma. Signs of rabies infection in pets may include but are not limited to: fever, chewing at site of infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.
Citizens are warned not to approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals and to keep their pets from having contact with wild animals. Preventive steps should be taken to safeguard outside areas by covering garbage cans, not leaving pet food outside, etc. Anyone observing a wild animal acting strangely should contact Animal Control immediately.