Nine rabid skunks confirmed in southwest Denver

Denver Animal Protection urges residents to keep their pets vaccinated and away from wildlife.

Denver Animal Protection is reminding residents to make sure that their pets are vaccinated for rabies. This reminder comes after nine rabid skunks have been found in Denver within the last month.

The rabid skunks were found in southwest Denver near these locations:

  • 2800 block of S. Gray Way.
  • 2300 block of S. Julian St.
  • 2600 block of S. King St.
  • 1400 block of W. Dakota Ave.
  • 2500 block of S. Utica St.
  • 2600 block of S. Grove St.
  • 2600 block of S. Meade St.
  • 3100 block of W. Harvard Ave.
  • 2200 block of S. Galapago St.
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Denver Animal Protection says most rabies cases are found in bats and skunks, but other wildlife can be affected too.

Take extra precaution if your pets or livestock come in contact with wild animals.

Signs that animals may have rabies include: a change in behavior such as aggression, confusion or lack of fear of people, staggering, trembling, weakness, nocturnal animals appearing in the day or bats lying on the ground.

If residents see any suspicious animal activity, report it to Denver Animal Protection at 311.

The Denver Animal Shelter offers weekly low-cast rabies vaccination clinics on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $15 per pet. Learn more at DenverAnimalShelter.org.