Bobcat killed in Tazewell County tests positive for rabies

A bobcat killed by a property owner in the Hogback section of Tazewell County, Virginia last month had rabies, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed Thursday. (MGN)

The first confirmed rabies case in Tazewell County, Virginia this year has been confirmed following a bobcat being shot and killed by a property owner last month.

The Virginia Department of Health said Thursday the animal was acting aggressively when it was shot in the Hogback area of Thompson Valley near the town of Tazewell on Feb. 12.

The health department is asking residents in this area who may have come in contact or have pets or livestock that may have come in contact with any other suspicious animal to contact the Tazewell County Health Department at (276) 988-5585 or Tazewell County Animal Control at (276) 988-1160.

Dr. Sue Cantrell, interim director for the Cumberland Plateau Health District, also reminds pet owners to make sure their dog or cat's rabies vaccinations are current.

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