A baby raccoon in South Weld County has tested positive for rabies. A Weld County woman found the raccoon on her property and took it into her home after the raccoon had been abandoned by its mother. Prior to testing, 21 people were exposed to the raccoon making this the largest rabies exposure case in Weld County. Everyone who was exposed has begun receiving rabies post-exposure treatment. It is illegal in Colorado to possess just about all species of wildlife without proper permits and licenses. You can be ticketed, and the animal taken away.

To prevent exposure to rabies:
1. Leave orphaned animals alone. Baby animals often appear to be orphaned when they are not. The parent animal may not return if people are too close.
2. Do not feed, touch or handle wild animals and be cautious of stray dogs and cats
3. Have dogs, cats, horses, and livestock vaccinated regularly by a licensed veterinarian
If you do find a wild animal that appears to be sick, injured or orphaned, contact your local Animal Control Officer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, or a local veterinary office before attempting to move it.