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post #11 of 30 Old 05-20-2012, 08:37 PM
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Actually one of the biggest carriers of rabies anymore are feral cats...
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post #12 of 30 Old 05-20-2012, 09:08 PM
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We have them everywhere. Just today, I had two on my back deck eating the cat food in broad daylight. Completely fearless, and they don't even flinch if you yell or bang on the window. My horses are vaccinated for Rabies, but they seem more concerned with the house than the barn .
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post #13 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 04:01 AM
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Equiniphile, be careful with them eating your cat's food..

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I know, it sucks. We empty the feeder and refill it every day (with gloves, just in case) and hose it off just to be sure, but there's nothing more we can do other than get the shotgun out, which might just happen soon....
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Yeah they're pesky little buggers..

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Call the TurtleMan, he'll take car of it ;)

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post #17 of 30 Old 05-21-2012, 09:57 PM
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We have bats and love them, we have very little bugs especially the mosquito!! Also watch out for opossums I heard they can transmit some sort of disease to horses.
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post #18 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 11:20 AM
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Bats aren't a "major carrier" of rabies, that is a huge misconception. Last summer I found a little female bat by my front gate, so I put her in a box with some soft bedding and found a local bat rescue who educated me on the bat. They get a bad rap from a lot of misconceptions due to hysteria and the euw factor many have, when in reality they are great little creatures who eat a phenomenal amount of bugs that bother and harass and can harm us each night.

This is a great site to read, please anyone who thinks bats are vectors for rabies, this comes right from the bat conservatory:
Bats and Rabies
"Wild animals - especially bats - are the most common source of human rabies infection in the United States." This comes from the CDC.
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post #19 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 12:38 PM
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"Wild animals - especially bats - are the most common source of human rabies infection in the United States." This comes from the CDC.
Well the updated info from the CDC with the most recent stats from 2010 show:
Wild animals accounted for 92% of reported cases of rabies in 2010. Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (36.5% of all animal cases during 2010), followed by skunks (23.5%), bats (23.2%), foxes (7.0%), and other wild animals, including rodents and lagomorphs (1.8%). Reported cases decreased among all wild animals during 2010.
CDC - Rabies Surveillance Data in the United States - Rabies
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post #20 of 30 Old 05-22-2012, 02:31 PM
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I would be more concerned with the coons than bats. Bats keep the bugs in checks where the coons are just a pain in the tookus.
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