El Paso County Public Health will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day. Public Health will not be administering tuberculosis skin tests until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Rabies Prevention

For general questions about rabies and skunk sightings, call COHELP at 1-877-462-2911 on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Rabies is a fatal disease that can be spread from wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes to a person or pet by a bite or scratch, even if very small or barely noticeable. There is medication available for exposed people that will prevent rabies infection.

Take Precautions

  • Vaccinate your pets and/or livestock against rabies by using a licensed veterinarian. It is required by city and county statute that all cats and dogs have a rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian. Rabies shots need to be boosted, so check your pet’s records or with your veterinarian.
  • When walking or hiking with your dog, protect them and wildlife by keeping your dog on a leash.
  • Keep cats and other pets inside at night to reduce the risk of exposure to other domestic animals and wildlife. Keep dogs within your sight (in a fenced yard, or on leash) during the day while outside.
  • Contact your veterinarian promptly if you believe your pet has been exposed to a wild animal.
  • Do not touch or feed wild animals. Wild animals like skunks and foxes adapt to residential environments if food is available – please don’t leave pet food outdoors.
  • If you or a family member is bitten or scratched by a wild or unknown animal, call your doctor and El Paso County Public Health at (719) 578-3220.
  • If you encounter a lost or stray dog or cat, contact the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region for options (719) 473-1741.
  • To report an animal bite from a domestic or wild animal, go to

How to Recognize Sick Wildlife

  • Healthy wild animals are normally afraid of humans.
  • Sick animals often do not run away when spotted by people.
  • Wildlife suffering from rabies will often act aggressively and violently approach people or pets.
  • However, sometimes rabid animals are overly quiet and passive and want to hide. If they are hiding, leave them alone. Rabid wildlife might also stumble or have trouble walking.
  • Report sick or diseased animals to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (719) 227-5200.

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