Two more cases of skunk rabies has been confirmed in Jefferson County.
Public Health officials say a skunk found near Burrville and another near Rutland have both tested positive for the disease.
That means five rabid skunks that have tested positive since December 4, with the previous three cases in the City of Watertown.
The two skunks were killed following a fight with pets.
One had not had rabies shots and was being put to sleep.
The other pet was current with it’s rabies vaccinations and needed a booster shot.
Skunks typically stay in dens during cold weather but the warmer temperatures we have experienced have made the skunks more active than usual.
People are being urged to get their pets updated with their vaccinations and to stay away from any wild animals outside, especially those that are acting strange.