SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed rabies in a raccoon that was seen behaving erratically in downtown Raton.
The raccoon was captured Monday and euthanized by an officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, then taken to a veterinarian.
Tissue samples submitted by the veterinarian to the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division tested positive for rabies.
No persons, pets, or livestock are known to have been bitten by the rabid raccoon.
Authorities say the last case of confirmed animal rabies in Colfax County was in a skunk in 2011.