Arizona wildlife seems a lot less patient these days and it's not due to more frequent human contact, shrinking natural habitats or global warming. It's a bit more sinister.

Surprise an animal in the wild and things can go south real quick, for both humans and animals. Humans can be mauled, animals may be killed ... lately though, it seems like the critters in Arizona are taking the initiative.

Foxes, raccoons and bobcats are among the animals acting very strangely, not to mention aggressively, in and around Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Several foxes have also been found dead.

One of the more recent incidents involved a 66 year old man being attacked by a bobcat. He got roughed up some and the bobcat is still on the loose.

So, What's Going On With Arizona's Wildlife?

Officials think rabies is causing the animal craziness that has been rising and has sent several folks to the hospital. Stephen King would love this, remember Cujo?

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How Can You Spot A Rabid Animal?

Rabies is a viral infection that can be transmitted to animals and humans, according to the National Park Service.

When an animal becomes infected with rabies, they can lose their fear of humans and appear sleepy, confused or aggressive, officials said.

An animal may also drool more, have trouble moving, look paralyzed or bite at the air, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. - Yahoo

Some animals show no symptoms at all though so, it's probably best that you totally avoid them all. Don't feed them or try to pet them, just stay away. If attacked, do this.

Rabies can be fatal to humans if untreated and the treatment for rabies is not pleasant so, do yourself a favor and keep your distance.

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Texas has an estimated 7.2 million dogs, more than any other state, this according to the American Veterinary Association. Safe to say, dogs are a Texan's best friend. But perhaps you’re interested in branching out a bit and adding a less common exotic pet to your home.

Granted a few of these exotics are regulated and will require permits.

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