advertisement

Officials urge caution around Missouri skunks

Monday, February 11, 2013 | 7:41 a.m. CST; updated 9:16 a.m. CST, Monday, February 11, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri conservation officials are urging people to be cautious around skunks that soon will be emerging from winter shelters.

Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri. Encounters increase during skunks' mating season, which starts in late February and continues through March. Males can travel five miles in one night.

Missouri health officials last year reported finding 12 rabid skunks and 16 rabid bats with cases reported in 14 counties. Rabies is transmitted through the animals' saliva and usually occurs after a bite. It also can enter the body through an open wound or mucous membranes. Treatment should start within days.

Symptoms of rabies in skunks include unusual behavior such as being active during the day, aggressiveness and seizures.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements