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Rabies in Larimer County

photo of skunk

Historically, bats have been the main source of rabies exposures, however, rabid skunks have now been found in Larimer County and they are expected to continue to pose a rabies risk year-round. Bats and skunks present the biggest concern for rabies, but any warm blooded mammal can be infected with rabies. In Larimer County, this has included raccoons, fox, cats, and even bison.

Rabies maps

The animals on these maps are just a portion of how many rabid animals are in Larimer County. These maps only show animals that have been tested and confirmed positive for rabies. Not all animals are tested. These maps are merely a guide and can be useful to see where clusters of rabid animals are located. It's important to note that a rabid animals may show up anywhere in Larimer County and at any time.

For your health and safety

  • Never feed or touch a wild animal even if it appears approachable. Healthy wildlife usually want to avoid humans. Rabid animals do not always appear vicious.
  • Keep your pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Cats are especially known for catching and playing with bats. Dogs can chase and tangle with skunks and raccoons that may be in your yard.

Contact Larimer County Animal Control if you see:

  • A bat, a skunk, or any wild or feral animal that has contact with a human or pet.
  • A nocturnal animal that is active in the daytime (both skunks and bats are nocturnal, meaning they are normally active at night and usually not seen during the day).
  • A bat that is sluggish, lying on the ground, is found in a house or bedroom.
  • A skunk that is having trouble keeping its balance, is walking in circles or is not afraid to approach pets or humans or any wild animal that is acting sick or abnormal.

Questions and answers about rabies, skunks, and bats in Larimer County

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