The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is advising the public to be alert for wildlife exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior toward people and pets.
Reports of wildlife behaving in this manner have resulted in positive rabies tests in the towns of Moriah, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga in eastern Essex County.
Wild animals infected with rabies may act tame, sick, or unusually aggressive. These animals may also exhibit symptoms such as staggering, convulsions, choking, and frothing at the mouth, or make unusual sounds. DEC advises the public not to approach animals that appear tame, aggressive, or sick, and to report these animals immediately to DEC Region 5 Dispatch at (518)-891-0235.
Officials say rabies is common in New York and is caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It almost always results in death unless treated early soon after exposure.
Formore information on rabies and how to protect yourself and your pets against the disease, view the New York State Department of Health fact sheet on rabies.