US Army Corps of Engineers LogoFORSYTH COUNTY — Both the Georgia Department of Public Health and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warn that a raccoon in the vicinity of Sweetwater Drive and Buford Dam Road in southern Forsyth County near Lake Lanier has tested positive for rabies.

Both agencies warn residents to exercise caution when encountering wildlife and to avoid coming into contact with them.  In a statement released by the Georgia Department of Public Health, they said, “People should always avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs, cats, and wild animals.  This includes feeding or attempting to help an animal that appears injured.”  Officials recommend that you keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date as well.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that it “encourages anyone visiting recreation areas at Lake Lanier, and other corps sites, to always exercise caution if there is an encounter with wildlife animals and other unknown domestic pets.”

If you observe an animal acting strangely, please avoid the animal and immediately contact the Lake Lanier Project Office: 770-945-9531.

You may also call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources 24-hour Ranger Hotline: 1-800-241-4113.

—  Staff Reports

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