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Can bears get rabies?

They most certainly can!

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UPDATE:<span style="font-size: 14pt"> Man hides atop Gator, fends off rabid bear with birdshot</span>
Published: April 19, 2012
Updated: April 19, 2012 - 1:56 PM

An attack by a rabid bear was ended by an Albemarle County farm worker's point-blank shotgun blast, fired from the roof of a Gator utility vehicle, police said.

Police believe the bear was drawn by the movement of two men, who were using the vehicle to move stones on a large farm northeast of Rockfish Gap, said county police Sgt. Darrell Byers.

The roughly 120-pound female bear first attacked the vehicle itself, biting one of the tires, before pursuing the men, Byers said.

One of the men climbed into the bed of the Gator, then onto its roof, taking a shotgun loaded with birdshot with him, Byers said.

The other man left the cab, but when the vehicle started to roll downhill leaned back into the cab to set the parking brake, according to Byers.

The bear had come into the cab and was climbing into the bed when the man atop the Gator put his shotgun to its head and pulled the trigger, Byers said.

No one was injured in the attack, or directly exposed to the rabies virus, Byers said.

The bear was decapitated, and its head sent to a state lab, where it tested positive for rabies, according to police.

Officials will send the bear's body to Harrisonburg, where it will be incinerated at the state veterinarian's office.

The state of the bear's teeth leads authorities to believe it was an older animal, Byers said.

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Re: Can bears get rabies?

I would have thought "point blank" with a shotgun would have decapitated it for them.

I don't want to think about a rabid bear, I work at night, outdoors, alone, and in their habitat,lol.

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I would have thought "point blank" with a shotgun would have decapitated it for them.

I don't want to think about a rabid bear, I work at night, outdoors, alone, and in their habitat,lol.
The shot probably didn't take her head off, but it's standard procedure to test the animal's brain for rabies. The head has to come off so they can mail it to the lab. I've seen rabid coons and even a couple good-sized dogs with rabies but a bear?? Man does that give me the willies!! Until this post I never gave it any thought.

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Re: Can bears get rabies?

I have heard of horses getting rabies.
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Re: Can bears get rabies?

Rabies can effect any mammal.

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Re: Can bears get rabies?

Can whales get rabies?

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Re: Can bears get rabies?

Yes it's a mammal

20 feet up.
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Have any cases of it ever been documented? I would think some crazy things would have to happen for a whale to contact rabies.

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Re: Can bears get rabies?

I think Capt Ahab wrote a book on it.

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Rabies can effect any mammal.
Except 'possums.

I don't believe 'possums are succeptible to contracting rabies. Probably because the rabies virus affects the brain and 'possums don't have much of one.

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