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If you live in Clark County or anywhere else in Southern Nevada , chances are you have seen a bat at least once. They’re sort of everywhere in the state. Whenever locals head out to the river or lakes especially, they always emerge right around sunset.

And for the most part, they keep to themselves. So we usually don’t really pay them much attention. But once in a while, their presence is more obvious than other times. And, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture, they have been more active here between the months of October and May.

What does this mean for locals? Well, it means we’d better make sure our and our pets rabies vaccines are up to date. The Animal Disease Laboratory finds, on average, 10 to 20 confirmed cases of rabies every year. And the Nevada Department of Agriculture just announced the first case in Clark County (fox5vegas.com).

Bats are the most common culprit when it comes to rabies transmission to both humans and their pets. Pets especially are at risk because they’re more inclined to chase a live bat or mess with a dead one. Dead or alive, bats can transmit disease.

If a person or their pet has come into contact with a bat, living or dead, they should contact animal control immediately. A wild animal can transmit rabies either through a bite or a scratch, according to the CDC. Rabies effects the central nervous system. A person should seek medical care immediately if a bat has bitten or scratched them or their pet.

Current rabies vaccinations are required in the state of Nevada for many pets, including dogs and cats. To keep ourselves and our fur babies protected, it is important to keep those vaccine records up to date. Especially now, when bats are more prevalant in Clark County.

Best bet is to just stay away from the bats here in Clark County. But if you do come into contact with one, you can check the Southern Nevada Health District website for information.

Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ

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Where Nevada Ranks With Attacks By Wild Animals

Living out in the deserts, you have to wonder where Nevada ranks when it comes to people being attacked by wild animals. The Mike & Carla Morning Show started talking about this the other morning. All started with story about a young lady tubing on a river headed toward an alligator. First off, it’s good to know that the state of Nevada is not even in the Top 10!

According to a recent article put out by Outforia,  there have been no recorded deaths of attacks by wild animals in the states of Delaware, North Dakota or Rhode Island. No reports over the past two decades! Not really sure where the Silver State ranks, but considering all the wild life, fatalities are very low.

The difference between Southern and Northern Nevada!

Of course living here in Southern Nevada, it’s a little different than what hikers see in Northern Nevada. Oh sure, we have the occasional coyote, even mountain lions have been spotted wondering around. The one huge difference might be the appearance of a black bear! However, encounters with these and other wild life end in death.

On the other hand, bears are listed at the top when it comes to attacks by wild animals. Followed by sharks, snakes, alligators and mountain lions. Okay, so Nevada does have three out the five animals listed, so the warning is just be careful!

With all this considered, you might be a little surprised by what states rank in the Top 5 when it comes to deadly attacks. The good news is that Nevada is ranked near the bottom of this list. Maybe because we all know and stay away from those animals that can do us the most harm!

The states that made the Top 10 might surprise you. States like New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan…all in the Top 10! You can hear which states made the Top 5 or just scroll down to see…and enjoy!

Top 5 States Where Wild Animals Attack:


    Well, if you think about it, Tennessee is know for their mountain like country, so there is bound to be wild animals roaming around. With that thought in mind, the Volunteer State comes in at #5 on the list of most likely to be attacked by wild animals!

    Welcome to Tennessee sign at the border

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    Not to be confused with their neighbors to the south. North Carolina is a surprise in the Top 5. But with that said, there has to be reasons as to why. So if you’re traveling their some time soon, just be careful! It’s #4 on the list!

    A sign welcoming tourist to the state of North Carolina

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  • #3 FLORIDA

    The state of Florida comes in at #3. Not surprised at all. Sunshine, beaches, the ocean, lakes just means sharks, alligators and more! Florida does have a lot to offer, just be careful next time you’re down there!

    Welcome sign going into the state of Florida

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    It’s the same as Florida when it comes to wildlife, but add in the mountains of Northern California with black bears, mountain lions and more. No wonder this state is #2 on the list!

    Welcome to the great state of California

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  • #1 TEXAS

    This one was a but of a surprise. When it comes to wild animal attacks, Texas is #1? But when you look at the stats that over the past 20 years, close to 600 people have been killed by wild animals in Texas, it’s shocking. Especially when you see that California at #2 has only had less than 300. But, there ya go….so when you hit Texas, keep your head on a swival!

    Welcome to Texas sign at the stateline.

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