Things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your pets from rabies
- Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals. Be cautious of stray dogs and cats. Rabid animals do not always appear ill or vicious.
- Teach children to leave wildlife alone. Be sure your child knows to tell you if an animal bites or scratches them.
- Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies. Keep these vaccinations up to date.
- Tightly close garbage cans. Open trash attracts wild or stray animals to your home or yard. Also, consider feeding your domestic animals inside so wild animals are not temped by an easy meal.
- Call your doctor or local health department (Hamilton County 423-209-8110 or after hours at 423-209-8010) for advice if an animal bites or claws you. Thoroughly wash around the wound with soap and water and report the incident immediately!
- Don’t relocate wild animals – this can cause rabies to spread quickly to new areas.
- Homeowners should not transport and release animals.
Importation of rabies vector wildlife into Tennessee from other states is prohibited by TWRA regulations.
State licensed nuisance wildlife control officers are required to euthanize rather than relocate all raccoons and skunks trapped in these east Tennessee counties:
Franklin, Grundy. Polk, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Morgan, Scott, Campbell, Anderson, Roane, Rhea, Meigs, Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Loudon, Knox, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, Monroe, Cocke, Greene, Washington, Sullivan, Unicoi, Carter, Johnson.
Rehabilitation of raccoons and fox in these counties are only permitted by TWRA licensed wildlife rehabilitators with a rabies vector license. This is strictly enforced. Rehabilitation of skunks and bats is prohibited statewide.