TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Reports of animal bits have been on the rise in Tioga County  over the last several weeks, according to the County's Public Health Department.

In May, there were 17 animal bite investigations, 25 in June and 12 so far this month.  The animals involved are foxes, bats, feral cats and dogs. 

Individuals are encouraged to be cautious when outdoors and to avoid contact with any wild animals, regardless of their behavior. Rabies can be spread from animals carrying the virus if they bite or scratch and individual or other animal. In our area, animals that test positive for rabies most often are foxes, raccoons, skunks, bats, and feral cats. 

If you have been bitten, scratched, or have come in contact with a wild animal, call Tioga County Public Health at 607-687-8600 or Tioga County Sheriff's Office after hours at 607-687-1010. The Health Department warns that rabies is 100% fatal.