Wild Animals and Natural Disasters

  1. Remember, most animals are disoriented and displaced, too.
  2. Wild animals have been forced from their natural habitats by natural disasters. Take care to avoid these animals, they are scared, confused and some may carry rabies. Your local and state health department can provide information about the types of wild animals that carry rabies in your area.
  3. Domestic animals may have also lost their homes.
  4. Both wild and domesticated animals may seek shelter in yours. Do not corner an animal. If an animal must be removed, contact your local animal control authorities.
  5. If you are bitten by any animal, seek immediate medical attention. If you are bitten by a snake, first try to accurately identify the type of snake so that, if poisonous, the correct anti-venom may be administered.
  6. Rats, raccoons and other outdoor animals may be a problem during and after. Take care to secure all food supplies, and remove any animal carcasses in the vicinity by contacting your local animal control authorities.
  7. If you have deceased animals on your property, the Center for Disease Control has more information.
Updated: 5/2009