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Another rabid bat found in the Santa Clarita Valley

Year-to-date total now stands at eight

Posted: August 15, 2013 11:45 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2013 11:45 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA - County officials have confirmed another rabid bat in the Santa Clarita Valley, this one found alive in a driveway earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The bat, which was reported in Santa Clarita, was covered with a bucket while the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control was contacted.

As of Wednesday, 20 rabid bats had been found throughout Los Angeles County, according to the Department of Public Health.

Three rabid bats have been found in Los Angeles County so far this month: the one in Santa Clarita, one found alive outside in Altadena and one found dead on a balcony in Covina.

With the most up-to-date figures, the Santa Clarita Valley continues to see the lion’s share of identified bat rabies cases with confirmed finds in Santa Clarita, Saugus and Stevenson Ranch.

Two rabid bats were found alive in the same driveway in Santa Clarita in July, according to county officials, while a third was found in the mouth of a dog in Saugus.

County officials have told The Signal in previous interviews that the Santa Clarita Valley is home to a large number of bats.

The Santa Clarita Valley has a high bat population because of the Santa Clara River, which provides both water and bridges for bats to roost under, and the popularity of wavy, Spanish-style roofs that serve as man-made bat roosts, according to county Acting Director of Veterinary Public Health Dr. Karen Ehnert.

Residents were urged to stay away from bats acting strangely, such as lying on the ground or flying in sunlight, as such behaviors could indicate they are rabid.

Residents who observe such behavior were asked to call the Department of Animal Care and Control at 661-257-3191.



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