Will County seeing record year for wildlife with rabies


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HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago county is seeing a record number of wildlife rabies cases.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1JNXZub ) Will County has confirmed rabies in 14 bats this season. That's one more than the previous record of 13 found in the county last year. Eight of the bats have been found in the community of Homer Glen.

Animal Control Administrator Lee Schild says the bats likely are concentrated around Homer Glen because of its wooded areas, which contain sources of food and water. Schild says it's possible there will be more cases because there are still a few weeks of "peak bat activity" left in the year.

At least 16 Illinois counties have reported wildlife rabies this year.

Schild said the most recent case was a bat caught inside a home.

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