NORTHFIELD — For the second time in three weeks, a raccoon has been confirmed for rabies in the city.
The positive reading was recorded on April 13, representing Atlantic County's sixth case of rabies this year.
According to the county, a raccoon was found staggering and panting on the bike path at Wabash Avenue and Tilton Road on April 7. The raccoon was collected and sent to the state lab for testing.
The county's other rabies cases involve three skunks found in Egg Harbor Township and a fox collected from Hamilton Township.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, this year through March there have been 36 confirmed cases of rabies — 26 involved raccoons. The total for all of 2021 was 152.
Public health officials advise against approaching animals that appear to be behaving strangely. If you're bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately and seek medical attention.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: