The 3 bears submitted by Fish & Game to our State Lab ended up being negative for the deadly rabies virus. These bears are thought to be connected to the bear attacks, which happened in and around Payson recently.

If separate DNA test results that were sent by Fish & Game for testing match the bears we tested to the attacks, then folks that were exposed to these 3 bears won’t need a series of Rabies vaccines or immunoglobulin. Rabies is pretty much 100% fatal if an exposed person doesn’t get a vaccine in time.