Rabid coyote found in St. Clair County | News
By Ashley Nix
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) - A coyote bothering a St. Clair County’s cows was shot by homeowners. After testing positive for rabies, veterinarians and farmers are showing some concern.
Gary Staples keeps himself busy 190,000 chickens and nearly 70 cows. "My main concern is they'll attack my baby calves," said Staples. “They” being coyotes. Staples sees them more in the winter months. "I do have em, hear em more than you see em,” Staples said. “They'll get in packs and you can hear em howling at each other."
His first and best line of defense, the donkey’s he owns. "They'll run anything smaller than them out of the pasture."
That’s a good thing, especially in recent days, after a coyote tested positive for rabies. "It's a fairly rare occurrence for us to detect terrestrial rabies, or rabies in an animal on land," said Vet Dr. Ken McMillan. Although its rare, Mcmillan says the reality of rabies is a serious one. Mcmillan says his concern is this: The coyote that had rabies got it from another animal, and the concern lies in the fact that the cycle could continue.
McMillan says there are likely other animals out there that could be a source. His best advice is an easy one; keep your pets vaccinated and keep a close watch on other animals or livestock that could be affected.
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