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« on: March 21, 2013, 07:55:02 AM »

Today's Durham paper reports rabid fox attacks in southern Chapel Hill, very close to Chatham County's eastern border. This past Tuesday in Dogwood Acres (off Smith Level Road), a man on a ladder was bitten when a fox climbed the ladder and attacked him. Yesterday, a fox attacked a woman in Southern Village. Later in the same neighborhood, a fox attacking a moving car was run over and killed; its body has been sent for testing.

Local authorities are not sure if all the reports were about the same fox, or if more than one rabid animal is roaming around. Even if it was the same animal, it is likely that more rabid animals are in the vicinity.

If you have pets that go outside or stay outside, be sure their rabies vaccinations are current.

And be careful out there, folks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 11:49:31 PM »

And my wife looks at me strangely when I walk the dogs with a sidearm...
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 07:35:50 AM »

I take a big stick with me as we are surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods. Have not seen anything but a skunk thank God.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 12:04:38 PM »

My neighbor had to have the shots for rabies prevention recently because her dogs killed a rabid skunk. The skunk was sent off and tested positive. They gave her the shots as a preventative as she could have come in contact with the saliva. I'm sure initially she just thought the dogs were srayed, took them in and gave them baths. Then found the dead skunk. Thank goodness the dogs were up to date on their vaccinations and all is well.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 12:14:16 PM »

I take a big stick with me as we are surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods. Have not seen anything but a skunk thank God.

I carry a pistol, a stick is not very effective.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 01:23:01 PM »

I have recently seen a raccoon in BROAD DAYLIGHT walking down the left side of Piney Grove Wilbon rd. His behavior was very strange. It did not react to my car until I came to a complete stop and then it ambled into the woods. I had seen foxes there in the daytime before, though that was not quite so unusual. It did make me wonder about rabies.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 02:10:50 PM »

My neighbor had to have the shots for rabies prevention recently because her dogs killed a rabid skunk. The skunk was sent off and tested positive. They gave her the shots as a preventative as she could have come in contact with the saliva. I'm sure initially she just thought the dogs were srayed, took them in and gave them baths. Then found the dead skunk. Thank goodness the dogs were up to date on their vaccinations and all is well.


This skunk was not as he ran from us or I should say shuffled like they do. Although we only have 3 neighbors around they all have hunting dogs so the area is relatively critter free.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 02:11:22 PM »

I take a big stick with me as we are surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods. Have not seen anything but a skunk thank God.

I carry a pistol, a stick is not very effective.


Have to carry a stick when you do not own a gun nor have ever shot one.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 02:27:55 PM »

Owning a gun in the country and learning how to use it is almost a necessity in the country because of rabid or sick animals.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 02:44:55 PM »

I am not anti gun but grew up in Chicago and never felt the need for one, and for the last 14 years have lived in the county surrounded by woods and have never come across any bad animal or situation to need one or felt I had to. Never thought much about them.

What works for me may not work for others though.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 08:40:50 PM »

the fox that was killed tested positive for rabies.  no other sightings since he was caught/killed.
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 07:59:37 PM »

the fox that was killed tested positive for rabies.  no other sightings since he was caught/killed.

Good news no other sightings in that area. Durham Co. has had 5 rabies cases recently!

Folks, if you have pets, get them vaccinated. The consequences of not doing so are not pleasant. Expense of quarantine for 6 months or euthanizing your pet.
No excuse IMO to not take advantage of the $5 clinics we are so fortunate to have offered in Chatham Co.
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