Grapevine police have announced the positive test of a rabid skunk in the community. The skunk was located near North Park Boulevard and Redwood Trail.

“Should you believe yourself, a loved one or pet to be exposed to the animal at or near the above mentioned location, you are urged to contact Grapevine Animal Services immediately,” the Jan. 22 Grapevine police news release states.

The release also recommended seeking care from a veterinarian if a person or pet has been exposed.

The details

Rabies is a deadly virus that spreads with the bite or scratch of a rabid animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is mostly spread in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Per the release, signs of rabies can include a change in behavior, such as a wild animal appearing friendly or a pet becoming suddenly aggressive. Additionally, difficulty walking, eating or drinking can also be signs of rabies.

What else?

The CDC website states rabies can be prevented by getting pets vaccinated and avoiding pet contact with wildlife.

The community is encouraged to contact animal services if they see an ill or injured wild animal in Grapevine at 817-410-3370, ext. 2.