MONTCLAIR, NJ - A skunk captured on Gates Avenue last week tested positive for the Rabies virus, according to Montclair Health Department officials.

There were no reported injuries, however, officials are asking residents to be aware of the signs of an animal with rabies and to report suspicious animal behavior immediately.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals usually transmitted to animals or people through bites and contact with the saliva of an infected animal.

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Once infected animals become ill, they may bite or attack other animals or people. Common carriers of the virus are raccoons, skunks, foxes, woodchucks, bats, and feral (stray) cats.

  • The Montclair Health Department advises you to stay away from wild animals and animals that you do not know.
  • Please DO NOT FEED STRAY ANIMALS.
  • Be certain that your pets are licensed, vaccinated and up to date on rabies vaccination.

Some warning signs in animals infected with a neurological disease like rabies and distemper include appearing drunk or excessively wobbly, circling, seeming partially paralyzed, unable to climb, acting disorientated or mutilating itself.

If you notice an animal acting strangely, please contact the Montclair Police Department 973-744-1234 to have an Animal Control Officer dispatched.

For more information, visit the Humane Society website.