A rabid bat was found on Main Street last week and Payson Animal Control Officer Don Tanner is urging residents and visitors to be cautious around animals acting suspicious.
Tanner was called to 615 W. Main St. at 11:05 a.m., July 28 where a live Myotis bat had been found in the gutter. He collected the bat and it was sent to the state laboratory for rabies testing.
A positive report on rabies was received Friday morning.
Anyone who may have had contact with the bat, or anyone with pets that may have had contact with it, should contact Tanner immediately at (928) 474-5177 for recommendations.
Tanner said people should not handle downed bats or other suspicious acting mammals.
This is the second rabid animal found in Gila County, the other was a bobcat near Roosevelt. As of July 30, 71 rabid animals have been reported in Arizona.