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Animal Experts Says Watch for Rabid Bats

<font size=2> <P>Animal experts say skunks are not the only animals that can spread rabies&nbsp;this time of year.</P></font>

As spring approaches, animal exerts say residents need to be cautious of wild animals spreading rabies.

And, experts say skunks are not the only animals that can spread the viral disease this time of year.

Wichita Falls animal experts have received several bats, which are also big carriers of rabies.

It was captured at a Wichita Falls business on Jacksboro Highway.

And officials say if handled, these tiny creatures can infect you with rabies, which can be fatal.

"People think they're cute. They're unique. We don't see a whole lot in this area but this is the second one we've had in a week. So, you don't want to handle them because their teeth are very little and so they can bite you and you not even know," says Wichita Falls Animal Services Administrator Katrena Mitchell.

Health officials say the best ways to protect yourself against rabies is by making sure your pets and livestock are vaccinated.

They also say away from any strange animals you encounter or see on your property and call an animal control officer to trap it.

Wichita Falls animal experts say although rabies is in the area, so far this year, there are no confirmed cases.

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