Why are there concerns about skunks and rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of mammals, including humans. The disease is almost always fatal to both people and animals. Skunk rabies spreads rapidly and infects large numbers of skunks. The disease often spreads to other wildlife and pets, making human exposure a real concern. Humans and animals are much more likely to come into contact with skunks because they live on the ground.

Because skunks may seek shelter and food where pets and livestock live, there is much more opportunity for the pets or livestock to interact with skunks.

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1. What animals are most likely to have rabies?
2. How does an animal or person become infected with rabies?
3. What should I do if I am exposed to rabies?
4. How do I know if an animal has rabies?
5. Why are there concerns about skunks and rabies?
6. How will I know if a skunk or bat has bitten one of my animals?
7. What is the best way to avoid rabies?
8. How can I protect myself and my family against rabies?
9. Which animals should I vaccinate against rabies?
10. What will happen if my pet or livestock animal is bitten by a rabid skunk?
11. Should I trap skunks on my property and move them?