Rabid bobcat in Lexington
A rabid bobcat has been found in Lexington.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed that the bobcat found near Crimson Oak Drive and Blue Lake Drive tested positive for rabies.
There are no known human exposures reported but 4 dogs were exposed.
Southern bobcats stand about 16 to 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh 12 to 25 lbs.
This bobcat is the 7th animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies in 2020.
There have been 64 cases of rabid animals statewide this year.
To reduce the risk of getting rabies, always give wild and stray animals plenty of space.
If you see an animal in need, avoid touching it.
Contact someone trained in handling animals, such as your local animal control officer.
Contact information for local Environmental Affairs Offices is available at www.scdhec.gov/EAoffices .
If your pet is found with wounds, please consider it could have been exposed to rabies.
Keep your pets up to date on their rabies vaccination, as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect them.
Call DHEC's Environmental Affairs Columbia office at (803) 896-0620 during normal business hours.
To report a bite or exposure on holidays or times outside of normal business hours, please call (888) 847-0902.