LA GRANGE – A dead bat found in La Grange has tested positive for rabies, according to a news release from the village.
The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control advised the village the bat was found June 14 in the zero to 100 block of North Waiola Avenue, the release stated.
The village released the following instructions to residents if they encounter a bat, whether dead or alive:
• If a dead or stunned bat is found inside a home, place a bucket over it to safely contain it and call Cook County Animal and Rabies Control at 708-974-6140. This number is staffed 24/7, and a Cook County animal warden will respond in one to two hours. This is the only circumstance in which the county will come out and collect the bat.
• If a bat is alive inside a home, open a window to let it return to the outdoors. Residents also may call 911, and the La Grange Police Department will attempt to assist with getting the bat to exit the home.
• If a bat is alive outside, leave it alone.
• If a dead bat is found outside, use a shovel with work gloves to scoop the bat into a garbage bag. The bag may be disposed with regular household garbage. Residents also may call the Department of Public Works to collect it.
In no instance should a resident touch a bat, the release stated.