A rabid raccoon scratched a Wilson man last Saturday, forcing him to undergo a painful series of rabies shots, Niagara County Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said Friday.
The state Health Department laboratory in Albany confirmed Thursday that the raccoon had rabies.
Dicky said the hunter killed the raccoon with his bow and arrow. The encounter occurred near the intersection of Lake and Phillips roads in Newfane.
This was the eighth confirmed rabid animal in Niagara County this year, Dicky said. The animals include six raccoons, a bat and a fox. The hunter was the second person scratched by a rabid raccoon this year in the county.
Bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes are all common wildlife carriers of the rabies virus. A rabid animal can only be confirmed by submitting a sample of the animal’s brain to a lab.