Suspected Rabid Raccoon Found At Local State Park

A suspected rabid raccoon was found at Goose Creek State Park, now authorities are testing the animal to make sure it was diseased.

Park officials tell WITN a hiker found the animal lying next to a board walk earlier this week.

Park Superintendent Kelly Thompson says when she showed up the animal was in a coma like state and was quickly put down. A specimen was then sent to Raleigh for testing but she's about 95% sure it had rabies. Thompson says usually when a nocturnal animal is seen during the day it's a clear sign something is wrong.

This is the second suspected rabies case Goose Creek has seen in the past three years.

Thompson says me they've never had an incident where a rabid animal attacked a visitor but the park has still posted signs throughout the 1,700 acres to make sure we're prepared for something like that.

If you recall Wednesday night WITN told you about a rabid cat found in Pitt County, the first since August of 2007 when a fox was discovered.


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