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Bobcat attacks woman behind Lowe's; rabies confirmed

Officials urge vigilance for potential presence of rabies in other mammals

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 8:58 am, Thu May 2, 2013.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the bobcat that attacked a young woman on Sunday on Forest Lane in Show Low has tested positive for rabies. The woman who was attacked was treated for rabies after the incident and has been notified of the positive test.

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  • Let's Be Real posted at 8:01 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Let's Be Real Posts: 12

    I walk to work in the early morning. [scared] Fortunately I haven't heard, seen or sensed anything unusual. I bet the young folks around the neighborhood won't be out after curfew again as we do have bears, havalina and now large cats roaming around. I hope the young lady is okay.

  • cassie posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    cassie Posts: 89

    Thanks you for the fast information. Your story is full of valuable information for all of us to keep in mind.

  • ladyrambo posted at 8:10 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    ladyrambo Posts: 197

    Yes, do vaccinate dogs and cats; it's the law for dogs. But, since rabies affects any warm-blooded animal, vaccinate ALL your animals: horses, goats, llamas, etc.! Multi-dose vials of rabies vaccines are available from animal supply warehouses and giving the shots is a breeze. I always vaccinate ALL my animals including all livestock. A few years ago in this area there was found a rabid llama. Many years ago my equine practitioner in Tucson recalled having to shoot and kill a horse that charged him; the horse was suspected of being rabid so my vet was prepared -- as well as an excellent shot. Rabies is nothing to ignore, especially when immunization is so available and economical. If you have sheep, be sure that the vaccine is specifically for sheep as well as for other animals. I don't know why sheep are special but they are.

    One caveat: half-wild animals (e.g., wolf hybrids) may not react properly to the rabies vaccines, so be sure to see a vet if you have any half-wild animals.

    I watched a movie made of a human with rabies many years ago and it's decidedly not pretty. Downright scary, in fact.


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