Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rabid bear in Garrett County

A bear in Garrett County, Maryland has tested positive for rabies. A family near Grantsville had an encounter with the bear, after it tried to scale an 8-foot chain link fence to get to their two pet Pygmy goats. Afterwards, the bear tried to enter their house.

The bear, a 134-lb. sow, was wounded and later killed by an officer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Rabid bears are uncommon in Maryland, but have been confirmed in Pennsylvania and Manitoba, Canada. The bear would have had to come in contact with a species that commonly carries rabies, either a raccoon, a bat or a skunk.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated September 15 as World Rabies Day.

Read Washington Post article