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Prescott Valley woman bitten by pet coati

Prescott Valley woman bitten by pet coati

CREATED Apr 3, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
   
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - A Prescott Valley woman was bitten by a raccoon-type animal that she kept as a pet, prompting wildlife officials to euthanize the animal and test it for rabies.
   
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said Tuesday that the woman was bitten Monday by a coati that she had been keeping illegally as a pet.
   
The department says the coati bit the woman's finger, puncturing her skin and leaving a bleeding wound that required medical treatment.
   
The animal hadn't been given a rabies vaccination and the only way to test for rabies is to euthanize it first.
   
Results are expected by Thursday.
   
Game and Fish reminds the public that wild animals may seem tame enough but that they are still wild and unpredictable.
   
The department says keeping restricted wildlife as pets without a permit is illegal in Arizona.

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