Number of rabid coyote sightings in North Carolina in the last decade

- Officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control said a coyote found in Huntersville tested positive for rabies.


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Fox 46 Charlotte looked into how many rabid coyote cases there’ve been statewide over the past decade and the last time there was a positive rabid coyote case in Mecklenburg County.


Numbers provided to us from animal control officers reveal statewide, there have been seven positive cases of rabid coyotes in the last ten years.


Since 2011, there have been 3 positive cases of rabid coyotes in Mecklenburg County. 


Raccoons and bats are the number one carrier of rabies in the county


“Rabies is a deadly disease. It is important to know that rabies is in our county, it exist, there are different kinds of animals that test positive for rabies each year in Mecklenburg County. So we need to protect ourselves and protect our pets from it,” said Melissa Knicely, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.


Animals with rabies may show some of the following symptoms:
-    Unusual aggression
-    Restlessness
-    Skinniness 
-    Disorientation   


In emergency interactions with rabid animals you should call 911. In non-emergency situations where you suspect your pet has come in contact with a rapid animal, dial 311. 


Animals with an up-to-date rabies shot will have a better chance of survival and less expensive recovery costs. It is North Carolina Law that every cat, dog and ferret over the age of 4 months be vaccinated.


 

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