Animal bites are investigated to protect the public from exposure to the rabies virus. While rare, rabies is of great public health concern as it is almost always fatal. For this reason, rabies vaccinations of domestic dogs and cats are required by law.
The Health Department investigates about 300 animal bites each year. Working closely with local law enforcement, biting animals are located and quarantined or tested if necessary.
If You Get Bitten or Scratched
Immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and warm water
Use a viricial agent, such as iodine
Seek medical attention immediately
Report Immediately: Call City-County Health Department 406-454-6950 or fax 406-454-6959.
Animal Bite Report Form: These forms can to be filled out by victims, health care providers or law enforcement. Please provide as much information as possible. View the 2019 Updated Bite Report Form (PDF).
Fax: the completed bite report form to the City County Health Department for all bites. If you do not have access to a fax machine, please call us.