There is no better time than now to start changing the way we interact and observe the behavior of wildlife in the Milwaukee area. In recent times, there have been a number of reports about rabid animals, which highlights the increased importance of familiarizing ourselves with this virus. Rabies is a virus-related infection which attacks the central nervous system. It is carried and transmitted by mammals, especially dogs, skunks, foxes, raccoons, bats, and rodents. It is spread through a skin wound, a bite or by saliva. The reported case of rabies-carrying animals in our areas has given rise to the need for safety measures to protect oneself when outdoors. Remember that the number one thing you should do is call animal control professionals for suspected cases of rabid animals when outdoors.
Signs of Rabies Infection to Look Out for in Animals
People are often told to be on the alert for animals acting strangely in the neighborhood. What are strange behaviors for an animal in the wild? More often than not, coming out during the day and moving about could be considered strange as many of the wild animals are nocturnal. Rabies can cause reactions of this kind in animals, making them confused and agitated. They often have frothy saliva and drool excessively. Although this type of behavior is easily noticed, they only occur in the later stages of the disease. A wild animal that scratches, licks or bites a person or pet might appear healthy at the moment but still carry the dreadful virus. However, not all animals moving aimlessly at day time is carrying the rabies virus, some are just curious or bored.
Warning Signs of Aggression in Animals
Many hostile encounters or interactions with animals occur because adults and children misinterpret signs of fear, aggression, and insecurity, which can all result in attack or a bite from a wild animal. Recognizing the change in animal’s behavior is essential for avoiding an attack. Behavioral cues such as raised hackles (fur or hair on the back), spiteful growling and backing, and showing of teeth are all indications of aggression in an animal and could mean they are about to attack. When you notice such warning signals, your best option is to get to a safe distance away from the animal. Remember to keep your eyes on the animal as you move away, as you do not want them to charge you from behind.
Acceptable Behavior Around Wildlife When Outdoors
When encountering wildlife, there are a few things we should learn which will keep the animals and ourselves safe. The animal control professionals at Skedaddle Milwaukee have some helpful advice for what to do when you cross paths with wildlife. Experts have revealed that the best approach in order to prevent a probable attack or animal bite is to avoid doing things that will enrage wildlife. Give animals their space – watch them from a reasonable distance. Consider backing off or changing directions when you catch sight of the fresh trails of wildlife. Do not attempt to feed wildlife as they might get aggressive when they don’t get enough of what you’re offering. Do not disturb, harass or chase wildlife when you come across them. Above all, contact animal control specialists at the first signs of animal aggression.
How we conduct ourselves when encountering Milwaukee’s wildlife will play a vital role in keeping the animals and ourselves safe.