A rabid deer found in Parker County a few weeks ago could still be leaving rabid tracks in the area.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler issued a public awareness statement earlier today.
The male deer was found at the Sugar Tree Golf Course on August 2nd. The Texas State Health Department alerted Parker County Animal Control Officers that the deer had tested positive for rabies.
A person on the golf course came across the deer. The deer showed symptoms of clinical rabies. According to Parker County officials the deer was humanely euthanized and tested.
The deer was "friendly" and allowed people on the golf course to pet and hand feed him.
The county is asking if you had any contact with the deer near Sugar Tree Golf Course and housing subdivision from July 14 to August 2, to call Nick Ferguson with the Abilene Department of Health at (325) 795-5857 or Parker County Sheriff's Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler at (817) 594-8845.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office has issued a second public awareness statement involving a rabid deer.
Sheriff Fowler said the infected deer was found in southwestern Parker County earlier this month.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers were notified by the Texas Department of State Health Services that the sick deer was discovered at Sugar Tree Golf Course, Aug. 2, 2012, has tested positive for rabies.
The young male deer was found by a citizen laying on the golf course and displayed clinical symptoms of rabies. The buck was humanely euthanized and tested by a state laboratory.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, officials verified the positive test results.
An investigation revealed the deer had displayed rabies symptoms prior to the original suspected date. Officials have moved the initial contact date with the deer to the first week of July.
Anyone having possible contact with the spike deer with damage to his right antler near Sugar Tree Golf Course and housing subdivision from July 7, through Aug. 2, 2012, is urged to contact Nick Ferguson with the Zoonoses Program with the Texas Department of State Health Services in Abilene at (325) 795-5857, or Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler at (817) 594-8845.