MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Department of Health says a bat, found on the walking paths at Lake Harriet Park in Minneapolis on Friday, Aug. 10, has tested positive for rabies.

The bat was seen between the Lake Harriet Band Shell and the Lyndale Park Rose Garden between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Friday. A Good Samaritan brought the bat to a local wildlife rehabilitation facility, where it died on Aug. 12. The bat tested positive for rabies on Aug. 14.

Those who may have had physical contact with the bat should contact MDH at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414 to determine if rabies shots are necessary.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) also reminds pet owners of the importance of ensuring that dogs and cats are current on their rabies vaccinations.

To learn more about rabies and how to protect yourself, click here.