While some people's first instinct when they see a wild animal would be to get closer to get a great picture or, heaven forbid, a selfie. However, neither one of those is that smart of an idea.

After a grey fox was found to have tested positive for rabies, the Sullivan County Public Health Services is issuing a reminder to all of us to respect and stay away from any wild animals. This comes into play even more so if you are camping, hiking or playing in fields near wooded areas.

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According to the New York State Department of Health, if you have pets, make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date. Should your pet be bitten or injured by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian to get medical attention as rabies is a deadly disease that attacks the brain and the spinal cord. Plus, it can be transmitted from an infected animal to a human.

While you can get the complete list of safety guidelines at nyhealth.gov, here are a few to be aware of. Don't adopt or feed wild animals or stray dogs and cats; should you come across a wild animal on your property, bring children and pets inside, notify your neighbors, and let the animal go on it's way; and keep garbage cans secured so as to not attract animals in the first place.

If you live in Sullivan county and would like more information, call the Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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