Sheriff urges caution after bats test positive for rabies

Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services is warning residents after it had two confirmed positive rabies cases in bats.

“We would like to warn the public to take great caution around bats and NEVER touch a bat,” wrote Animal Services on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

Animal Services is instructing the public on what to do if a bat is found:

~Call the sheriff’s office for an animal control officer at 910.947.2931.

~Never touch a bat with your bare hands. If needed, cover the bat with a box until a deputy arrives.

~Teach children to never touch a bat and call an adult for assistance.

~Make sure pets are up to date on vaccines. 

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Feature photo of brown bats by Johnny Wills with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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