- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Officials in a southeastern New Mexico city are warning residents to be on the lookout for strange-acting skunks.

The Carlsbad Animal Control said Thursday that police have received a number of calls about skunks exhibiting weird behavior, although officials aren’t giving details.

Officials fear that the skunks that may carry rabies.

Carlsbad Lt. Jennifer Moyers says officials are recommending residents not to leave food, water or garbage in areas that might attract the bizarre skunks.

Rabies, a viral disease, is fatal to humans. There were 30 confirmed cases of rabies in Eddy County in 2013, and the county remains a hotbed for the disease.

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