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CAUTION: St. Louis County Police warning residents to watch out for bats

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A vampire bat is caught in a net in Aracy, in the northeast Amazon state of Para, Brazil, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005. (Credit: AP Photo/Mario Quadros) A vampire bat is caught in a net in Aracy, in the northeast Amazon state of Para, Brazil, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005. (Credit: AP Photo/Mario Quadros)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis County Police Department is warning residents as wildlife becomes more active about bats that may be carrying rabies.

As the warmer weather approaches, local residents should be cautious around wild animals.

“Residents need to be aware that area bats have awoken from hibernation,” said Dr. Faisal Kahn, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.

People are urged to avoid direct contact with any animal that is behaving wildly. Children should especially be taught to stay at a safe distance from any unknown pets.

Check your pet’s immunization records as rabies can be easily passed from wild animals to domestic pets.

Any St. Louis County resident that encounters a bat in their home, alive or dead, is urged to call Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control at 314-615-0650 during business hours or after hours at 636-529-8210.

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