GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – A skunk found recently in Grand Prairie has tested positive for rabies. The animal was removed from an area to the east of Highway 161, between Interstate-20 and Mayfield Road. The test was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control and announced to the public on Friday morning.

This is actually the second rabid skunk found in Grand Prairie over the last two months. The first animal was discovered back in March near the intersection of Great Southwest Parkway and Forum Drive, in the southwest part of the city.

Grand Prairie officials are now encouraging residents to protect themselves and their pets against rabies.

— Make sure that your pets are properly vaccinated.

— Avoid contact with wild animals and other pets you do not know. Do not feed them to take them into your home.

— Do not touch a sick or injured animal. Instead, call Grand Prairie Animal Services at 972-237-8575.

— Keep pets on a leash to prevent them from coming into contact with a rabid animal.

— Seek help from a veterinarian if your pet is bitten by any wild animal.

Skunks can be found during any time of the day, but are more commonly seen at night. A rabid skunk will exhibit aggressive behavior and could appear disoriented. It may be staggering and excessively salivating. The animal may also have a crusty nose and eyes. Anyone who sees a skunk like this should call Grand Prairie Animal Services immediately.

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