Missouri Conservation officers are warning you to be alert for certain animals this time of year.
Officer Don Clever says while it's rare to find Rabid animals in Northeast Missouri, everybody needs to use caution if they see bats or skunks.
Last year the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services captured dozens of these animals that had rabies. While rabies can affect any mammal, it's likely to come from either a bat or a skunk.
"Well here in Missouri there the primary carriers. Other states there are some other strains of rabies and in other mammals as well, but here in Missouri, the strain is mostly affected in bats and skunks," Clever said.
Clever also said the most recent case of rabies in Missouri was in 2008 and he believes awareness is helping to keep people from getting the disease.
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