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Rabid skunk found in Hall County

Rabid skunk found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County confirmed its second rabies case of 2015 last week.

A rabid skunk was found in the Grove Street area of east Hall County. It made contact with at least two dogs before it was captured.

The skunk tested positive for rabies at the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.

Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the skunk was caught. Anyone who sees animals acting abnormally is encouraged to call Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830.

Rabid raccoon found in Gainesville

Rabid raccoon found in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County reported its eighth confirmed rabies case of 2014 over the weekend.

A rabid raccoon made contact with a dog near Friendly Acres Drive in the northwestern part of the county, according to Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley.

Animal control officials captured the raccoon and shipped it to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies. They also posted warning signs in the area where the raccoon was caught.

The Hall County Animal Shelter offers $10 rabies vaccinations for household pets. The shelter is located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville.

Anyone who sees an animal acting strangely is encouraged to call animal control at 770-531-6830.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

PETA wants roadside memorial for killed chickens

PETA wants roadside memorial for killed chickens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the Georgia Department of Transportation to create a roadside memorial for chickens that were killed in an accident last month.

"They are living creatures, so they do feel pain, just like we do," said Sarah Segal, the woman who actually wrote the request.

The 10-foot-tall tombstone would memorialize the chickens that died when the tractor trailer carrying them overturned on Athens Highway in Gainesville Jan. 27.

Gainesville is known as the Poultry Capital of the World and the birthplace of the "assembly line" form of slaughtering chickens, PETA said in a statement.

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

(WXIA) - Motorists are advised to exercise caution on the state's roadways during the fall season, with an increased number of deer sightings across the state.

"Deer are on the move during this time of year," said Commissioner Mark Williams, Department of Natural Resources. "While motorists in rural areas may expect to see deer, Georgia's suburban and urban areas can be prime spots as well."

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says more than 300 people were hurt in vehicle collisions with deer during 2011. Nationally, federal officials said 1,000 people died in similar accidents between 2006 and 2010.

"Automobile claims caused by contact with a deer generally rise dramatically in the fall," said Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. "I encourage all Georgia drivers to check their automobile policy to determine if they have adequate coverage. This optional protection is commonly found in the comprehensive coverage of an automobile policy."

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

HALL: $21,5000 in cattle stolen

GILLSVILLE, Ga. -- The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of 30 cattle from a holding pen in Gillsville.

The owner, Wayne Wright of Jefferson, told authorities he had put the cattle in the pen and planned to move them to another property. Hall County sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says when Wright returned the following day, he discovered the cattle were missing.

Wilbanks says the 15 cows and 15 calves are of mixed colors, and some are branded with the letters "WT" on the hip. They have a total value of $21,500.

Wilbanks says it's the first report of cattle rustling in the county in three years, and that involved a dairy cow which was later recovered.

RAW VIDEO: Lawrenceville Brush Fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Early Monday afternoon, Gwinnett County firefighters responded to a brush fire on Interstate 85 Southbound, just north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwannee.

Emergency crews discovered and contained about two-acres of brush on fire in an area between the interstate and Saw Mill Road.

Authorities say there were no immediate exposure hazards and that no vehicles or structures were damaged.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.