Warren County health officials said a rabid fisher bit three visitors walking at the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve in Queensbury, and want all who may have encountered the aggressive animal to pursue rabies treatments.
The fisher bit three people at the preserve Wednesday morning, while a state Department of Environmental Conservation staff member who located it was also attacked before it was killed, a county spokesperson said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“Rabies is a deadly disease, and we need to err on the side of caution when it comes to potential human exposures to rabid animals," said Ginelle Jones, Warren County director of health services. "It appears this fisher was very aggressive in its last hours, and we are concerned that people or pets may have had contact with it and not realized the gravity of the situation. They should call us to make sure that medical intervention is pursued if needed.”
A rabies test on the fisher’s remains was performed Thursday.
Anyone who came in contact with the fisher should contact Warren County Public Health at (518) 761-6580.
Fishers belong to the weasel family. They resemble a very large mink, and are extremely agile.