We are having a rabies epidemic here in SW NM and SE AZ. It's primarily in the foxes, but other critters (coyotes, skunks, bobcats, mountain lions, and bats) have shown up with it. So far this year the Forest Service in our area has killed 7 rabid foxes, and residents have killed at least that many more. Rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, horses, goats, etc are very important. Several tourists and campers have been bitten. I've heard of a family in the area who are all undergoing rabies treatment because their dog, who hadn't been vaccinated, was bitten by a rabid fox. Around here if a wild animal isn't disappearing when you see it, it's probably rabid. Rabid animals don't act normal. They show no fear of humans or dogs, and may even attack. Having the means, the ability, and the will, to shoot a rabid animal isn't just some rambo thing here. It's a necessity.