LINCOLN – There has been a confirmed case of rabies from a raccoon seen on Taylor Street.
Animal Control Officer Mary Curtis said game wardens went to the location, caught, shot and killed the raccoon. It was sent off for testing.
“It was a confirmed rabies case,” said Curtis.
Curtis said the wardens think this is just an isolated situation but she wants people to be aware of the signs animals experience when infected with the deadly virus.
“People should definitely be looking for animals that look disoriented. Some, if they’re in the late stages of rabies, may have drooling that’s going on. They may also have some foaming,” Curtis said. “One of the things that you’re really going to want to look for is, does the animal look out of the ordinary?”
A worker at the Penobscot Valley Humane Society is warning residents to protect their pets especially if the pets hang around the area where the raccoon was spotted.
Curtis said the state requires any domesticated animal to have the rabies vaccine. She said to make sure the vaccine is up to date and to keep an eye on them while they’re outside.
“Take your pets outside on a leash. Make sure you know where your dog is going, what they’re doing, so if they do see one of these animals they’re not chasing it into the woods and ending up attacked on their own,” said Curtis.
In a post on the Penobscot Valley Humane Society Facebook page, they said if you see an animal acting aggressively or sick to call Lincoln Animal Control at 794-2221.