Steamboat briefs: Hunter safety class is set for week of Sept. 20

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— The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a hunter safety class at Hayden High School. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 to 24, and the time is to be announced for a Sept. 25 class. The class will cost $5. Call 970-871-2855 to register. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, must have completed an approved hunter education course before applying for or buying a hunting license in Colorado.

Group to lead Sarvis Creek Wilderness hike on Sunday

The Trapper’s Lake Group of the Sierra Club is leading a hike to Baldy Mountain in the proposed Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area on Sunday. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in front of the U.S. Forest Service building on Weiss Drive in east Steamboat. The hike is 5 miles round trip and is moderate to difficult. Take proper clothing, food and water. Call Stacey for information at 970-819-0120.

VNA offers rabies prevention advice for humans, animals

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, resulting in a fatal disease, according to a release from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The virus is shed in the saliva of infected animals. People and animals get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal or direct contact with saliva from the animal.

Take the following precautions to prevent possible exposure to rabies:

■ Do not feed wild animals.

■ If you encounter a skunk or raccoon during daytime hours, leave it alone.

■ Teach children to stay away from wild or dead animals.

■ Do not allow pets to roam freely.

■ Keep your pet’s rabies vaccination current, and maintain vaccination records.

Those with questions about rabies or about whom to call for response to a wild or suspect animal can call COHELP at 1-877-462-2911 for more information.

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