LAMPASAS, Texas — A skunk found dead in a Lampasas yard tested positive for rabies, according to Lampasas city officials.

It was the first rabid skunk found in the city in 2019, according to City of Lampasas Animal Control Officer Joe Schwartzer.

The skunk's body was found in the 1500 block of Taylor St., City officials said.

Lampasas police said anyone who sees an animal acting strangely or appearing to be sick is encouraged to report it to the Lampasas Police Department at 512-556-3644.

The public is advised to take the following precautions to avoid contracting the viral disease:

  • Do not attempt to handle wildlife, regardless of how healthy it appears to be.
  • Do not leave food outside that may attract wildlife.
  • Teach children never to touch wildlife.
  • Be sure pets are up to date on vaccines, especially if they spend anytime outside.

Anyone who is bitten by wildlife should immediately wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical assistance as soon as possible to determine what treatment is necessary. 

If a pet is bitten, the owner should contact their vet immediately.

If wildlife bites a person or pet, contact local animal control immediately. The Lampasas animal control officer can be reached at 512-556-3644.

Once symptoms of rabies begin, the disease is fatal.