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Third rabies case confirmed in McLennan Co. in about a week

POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 9:23pm

A rabid skunk was captured last week in a resident's yard in the 400 block of Shadow Mountain Drive in Woodway. On Monday, it was confirmed that the animal has rabies.

Local police continue to warn Central Texans to notify them if they have located a wild animal needing to be collected.

"Certainly, they can call us, and our animal control officers can come out. They're better equipped to handle that," said Waco Police Spokesman Sergeant Patrick Swanton.

Lately, Swanton says he's received calls asking about what to do if you think there's a wild animal nearby but can't locate it.

Police say if you suspect a wild animal is around your home, but you cannot see it because maybe it's hiding in the walls or the attic, you have one of two options. You can either hire a service that specializes in collecting wild animals. Or, you can head to your local hardware store and buy a trap and collect the animal yourself.

"The animal would be safe. Animal control could come get it," said Owner Gary Payne of Brazos Feed in Waco.

This outbreak, Payne says, has many people looking into various options to protect themselves and their families against rabies.

"This product, you just sprinkle it out, and it repels them," said Payne.

Brazos Feed Supply has received more calls about people interested in having a trap on stand-by lately, for just in case purposes.

"When the mating seasons of skunks start, we do see an increase in the trap sales because they get under their house, and you know, they're around. This year, though, it's more upfront with the rabies outbreaks that we've heard about," said Payne.

By any means, officials urge everyone to never try to just pick up a wild animal.

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