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Rabies in Larimer County (Sept. 2019)

As of early Sept., the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 40 skunks, 10 bats, one cat, one camelid (llama), and one cow have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been in Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Bellvue, Livermore, Laporte, and near the Wyoming border. The bats have been in Berthoud and Fort Collins. The cat was found just east of CSU, the camelid was near Livermore, and the cow was in north Fort Collins on Shields St. near Douglas Road.

Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in skunks and bats. If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

Pet owners are reminded to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
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