Health officials in Denver are reminding residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated, as four cases of rabies have been confirmed in the metro area over the last month.

Officials say there is no indication that the skunks came contact with other animals or humans.

The rabid skunks were found: 

  • The rabid skunks were found:
  • In the 4800 block of Meade St,
  • In the 2400 block of W 26th Ave,
  • In the 1360 block of N Zenobia St
  • In the 850 block of N Knox Ct.

Most rabies cases in Colorado are found in skunks and bats, though the virus can affect other wildlife, pets and livestock.

The Colorado Department of Environmental Health has some tips on how you can protect your family:

  • Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious of stray dogs and cats
  • Teach children to leave wildlife alone
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations up to date
  • Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins
  • Feed your pets indoors
  • Avoid all contact with skunks and bats

If you believe a rabid animal is in your neighborhood, call 311 to report it.