A beaver was killed after biting a young girl at Lake Lanier and tested positive for rabies, Hall County officials stated.
Girl Attacked By Beaver at Lake Lanier
Officials said that a rabid beaver bit a girl as she was swimming in Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Georgia, the first such attack in decades.
Hall County Animal Control Field Supervisor Kevin Buecker told WDUN that the girl was swimming on private property at the lake’s northern end on Saturday when the beaver bit her on the leg.
The girl’s father swiftly beat the beaver to death, WDUN reported.
The Hall County Government said Tuesday that the beaver’s body was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies.
“Once that rabies virus gets into the brain of the animal—in this case, a beaver—they just act crazy,” officials said.
The county put up a rabies warning sign on the street leading down to the boat ramp.
State wildlife biologists say a beaver attack is very rare. The last one they remember along Lake Lanier was 13 years ago.
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