GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- So far in Colorado, 84 animals have tested positive for rabies, according to health experts. Just halfway into the year and we are almost nearing 2016's total number of rabies cases.
During the summer many are camping, hiking, and spending days outdoors. With doing that comes the potential for run ins with wild animals. While some may look harmless, it's possible they’re carrying rabies.
While there hasn't been a case in Mesa County, officials say the most commonly contracted cases have come from bats.
"Do your best to contain it. So whether that means throwing a towel on it, or putting some type of box or container, just to confine it in an area just till animal services can show up,” said Heidi Dragoo, with Mesa County Public Health.
Even if you kill the bat you could contract something so it's best to let the experts handle it. Some signs of rabies in animals are foaming at the mouth and being active at unusual times.