Rabid Beaver Chases Children In Fairfax County, Va.

9:25 PM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police say that animal control officers investigated a report of a beaver chasing children at the Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday.

According to police, the children had completed a fishing competition when they saw a beaver swimming towards the dock they were on. The beaver then reportedly jumped out of the water onto the dock. 

The beaver was "acting aggressively" and chasing the children, say police, but did not bite anyone.

An animal control officer was able to clear the area and shoot the beaver. 

Due to another incident in the county last week in which an 83-year-old woman was bitten by a rabid beaver, this beaver was tested and proved positive for rabies.

Police also say a raccoon was reported acting strangely and walking towards people in the Lake Barcroft area on Sunday afternoon. Kerry Doyle's father was walking their dog, a beagle-bassett hound mix named Oscar, when the pair encountered a raccoon on Sunday. She says the animal followed neighbors up to the driveway of a home.

9News's Anny Hong reports that animal control staffers willl be distributing flyers in the area to advise residents about how to keep their pets, and themselves, safe from rabies.

Police believe that the two rabid beavers were bitten by rabid raccoons.

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