A raccoon was found with the disease
A raccoon tested positive for the rabies virus recently in a county in Ohio. The animal was found in a popular downtown area of Wheeling and was captured on January 15th. It was taken in for testing after it was suspected to be rabid and the case was confirmed on January 22nd. This is the first confirmed case of an animal with rabies in Ohio County for the year 2020. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease usually carried by animals that can be passed on to humans via a bite or scratch.
Several changes to Ohio’s small game and migratory bird hunting seasons were proposed recently. One of the changes that was proposed was to require a fur taker permit for the hunting and trapping of coyotes. Several other states have a similar permit that is required for the wild animals. Up until now, the coyote was not even on the fur bearer hunting list in the state of Ohio.
Positive Rabies Case Identified in Wheeling
Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is announcing that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found in the downtown area of Wheeling near 12th Street and Main Street.
The raccoon was collected on January 15, 2020, and preliminary tested positive for rabies on January 17, 2020, and was confirmed on January 22, 2020. This is the first laboratory-confirmed animal rabies case in Ohio County for 2020. In 2019 two positive rabies cases (raccoon and groundhog) were found in Ohio County. Read more
Summary: A raccoon tested positive for the rabies virus recently in a county in Ohio. The animal was found in a popular downtown area of Wheeling and was captured on January 15th.
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Ohio proposes fur taker permit for coyote hunters
Proposed small game and migratory bird hunting seasons that begin next fall were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council last week by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Among the proposals are several changes recommended to increase hunting opportunities in Ohio.
New proposals include requiring a fur taker permit for coyote hunting and trapping, and adding coyote to the furbearer trapping season. See more
Summary: Several changes to Ohio’s small game and migratory bird hunting seasons were proposed recently. One change was adding coyotes to the list of fur bearers that are able to be hunted.