A wild animal in Ingham county is the first infected with rabies in Michigan this year.
The state of Michigan said a big brown bat is the first to be infected with rabies this year.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the bat was discovered in Ingham County.
The department said this is the time of year when rabies is first reported.
Last year, there were 37 rabid bats and four rabid skunks in our state.
If you come across a wild animal that appears sick, you're advised to report it to the Department of Natural Resources. Click on this sentence for the online site. You can also call 517.336.5030.
If your pet is scratched or bitten by wildlife, you're advise to take them to a veterinarian immediately.
To safely confine a bat in your home, click here how to collect it as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.