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Another rabid bat found in Newhall

Posted: July 25, 2014 1:20 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2014 1:20 p.m.
 

Newhall claims the lion’s share of rabid bats found this year in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the fourth discovered there within the past week.

The latest bat was found on the ground in front of a garage in Newhall, according to a report dated Thursday from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The bat reportedly hissed when approached, according to the report.

There has been a steady stream of rabid bat discoveries in Newhall over the past several months.

The first was found in April when a bat was seen hanging on an outside wall of a home. That bat flew away and was later found on the ground.

Another was found on a patio in June. The bat, which was staggering as it walked, was covered with a pool net until animal control arrived.

Yet another was found in a garage in Newhall in June.

Four of the 14 rabid bats found in Los Angeles County this year have been in Newhall, according to the report.

Elsewhere in the Santa Clarita Valley this season, a rabid bat was found dead in a swimming pool in Agua Dulce in February, and another was discovered alive on ground outside a home in Canyon Country earlier this month.

Other bats have been found in the communities of Bradbury, Monrovia, Topanga, Palmdale and various areas in the city of Los Angeles.

Residents are urged to watch for signs that a bat might be rabid, such as flying around during the day or lying on the ground.

Residents are warned not to touch such animals and to call the county Animal Control Department if they see one.

Lmoney@signalscv.com
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