Florala Residents, Officials Concerned About Rabies

Early Monday morning, a fox broke out of a trap in the parking lot of Florala High School. The trap was set for stray dogs in the area.

Florala residents reported foxes rummaging downtown; as well as along Ninth Street. Foxes and raccoons are considered prime carriers of the fatal rabies disease.

Florala Street Supervisor Clifton Prescott said, "Four foxes were seen recently in Florala. Folks don't need to go near them; stay away at all times. Call police."

Florala resident Robert Yingst says several foxes have been seen near the town of Lockhart.

He has been warning his seven-year-old daughter, Gracie, to stay away from all stray animals. "We have seen one or two dead in the street,” he said. “The buzzards don't even mess with them. That’s really unusual."

Young Gracie Yingst said, "Sometimes I want to pet a stray dog, but I remember that they can bite you. Yes, they've told me about rabies."

Florala Police Captain Mark Anderson has a good recommendation for people. "If you see a fox coming out in the daytime, or approaching people, that's highly unusual and most likely its infected."

Health care officials remind area residents to stay away, and do not feed stray or wild animals.

A wild animal like a fox that approaches people and appears aggressive can very well be rabid.

Residents are urged to report it immediately to authorities.

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