Skunk attacks man

Published 10:40 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A possibly rabid skunk attacked a man in the 600 block of Leafwood Road on Sunday, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

Reports indicate the man was outside about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the skunk ran from under a tree, bit his lower leg and then ran off into the bushes.

Traps have been set for the skunk, but it has not been apprehended.

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Animal Control officers and state health officials offer the following tips to protect yourself and your pets from rabies.

Vaccinate all pets against rabies.

Feed pets indoors and keep them leashed or fenced on your property.

Make your home and yard animal proof by capping chimneys, blocking openings in attics and under decks and sheds.

Store garbage in secure containers.

Do not feed wild animals or strays.

Do not handle wild animals or strays, and use heavy gloves or other tools when contact is necessary.

If you see wildlife such as foxes, raccoons or opossums during the day, report them to Animal Control. Do the same if you or one of your animals is bitten or scratched by wild animals.