Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low
Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say
February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, email@example.com, The Hartford Courant
Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.
Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.
taken from http://articles.courant.com/2012-02-26/news/hc-rabies-trends-0227-20120223_1_rabies-cases-rabies-spread-contact-with-wild-animals
I found this while browsing the local news. I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick. The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon. I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon. I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon. Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin. It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second.
Skunk breeding season is upon us, and love is in the air literally.
Pepe Le Pew
February – March is the breeding time of the skunk. You may have noticed that you have been smelling skunk for the past couple of weeks. Driving you may have noticed more skunks hit on the road. The male skunk will travel many miles at this time of year searching for a mate. Just like Pepe Le Pew, they are oblivious to all else but finding a mate. He will be traveling in areas that are foreign to him and may spend the day under your shed, or porch just passing through. When they are breeding on your property you have probably been woken up in the middle of the night eyes watering, and coughing, or gaging because the smell is so strong. Now is the time to remove the skunks before she has a litter. Male skunks will sometimes fight to the death, and will spray each other for the right to mate. Female skunks will also spray suitors that are not up to her standards. They can be for the lack of a better term be trigger happy, and may spray you or your pet if you get too close. Finding a skunk sleeping out in the semi open is more common this time of year. The skunks can be wounded, or just plain exhausted from their night of fighting. If you are brave enough to approach it be careful skunks can carry many diseases including rabies, and distemper. Relocating skunks in Connecticut is illegal. Skunks are a rabies vector species RVS and transporting one from one area to the next can spread rabies to that area. The animal may look and act healthy and still be infected with rabies. The typical signs of rabies appear in the later stages of the disease. If you require professional skunk removal in Connecticut give us a call 860-510-6313. Have a question about skunk breeding season, or any other wildlife question shoot off an email to Rich@rfwildlife.com