Bats and other wildlife should not be handled. Healthy animals usually avoid human contact; a wild animal that allows you to approach or handle it is likely ill or injured and will bite in self-defense.
Suspicious animal activity and suspected rabid animals should be reported immediately to local animal control authorities. Angelina County Animal Control can be reached by calling (936) 639-8763, and City of Lufkin Animal Control can be reached by calling (936) 633-0218.
City of Lufkin Animal Control offers these tips concerning exposure to rabies:
- Do not feed wild animals – this just brings them closer to your family.
- Teach children to stay away from wild or deceased animals.
- Do not allow pets to roam freely, as free-roaming increases their chance of exposure without your knowledge.
- Keep your pet's rabies vaccination current.
- Immediately contact a veterinarian if your pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal. People with possible rabies exposure should consult with a physician without delay.
- Report all animal bites to animal control authorities; the biting animal must be tested for rabies.