[UPDATE] Two More Bitten by Aggressive Otter Near Boca Raton

By: AP
By: AP

UPDATE 12-2
Boca Raton, FL (AP) -- A dead otter found floating in a Boca
Raton lake not far from where an otter attack was previously
reported has tested positive for rabies.

Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control retrieved the body
Wednesday and announced the results of the rabies test Thursday.

Weeks earlier, three people and a dog were attacked by an otter
in the area. They were treated with rabies vaccines as a
precaution.

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UPDATE 11-29
Boca Raton, FL (AP) - Palm Beach County Health Department
officials are searching for an otter who may have bitten three
people earlier this month in the Boca Raton area.

An otter attacked a dog on Nov. 18 and two people Nov. 21, and
then last week another man was attacked by an otter.

It wasn't clear if the same animal was involved in all attacks.

The Palm Beach County Animal Care Control and the Health
Department say people should avoid contact with wildlife.

Anyone who sees an otter that appears sick or aggressive can
report it to Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1200 and Florida
Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) --

The Palm Beach County Health Department says two more people have been bitten by an aggressive and possibly rabid otter trolling the Boca Raton area.

William Gibbons was bitten by the animal as he videotaped it
floating in a canal behind his home. He has received six rabies
shots and is scheduled to receive four more.

Two other people were bitten by an aggressive otter in the area
earlier this month.

Authorities are continuing to search for the animal.

The Palm Beach County Animal Care Control and the Health
Department say people in the West Boca Raton area near Yamato Road and State Road 441 should avoid contact with wildlife.


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