HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania game officials say a hunter has received treatment consisting of shots after he field-dressed a deer that tested positive for rabies.

The Game Commission said Thursday the hunter from Manheim in Lancaster County had scratches on his hands and had field-dressed the deer without using gloves.

The deer had been standing in a creek, growling, when the hunter shot it on Jan. 20 in Chester County’s Valley Township, outside Philadelphia.

Officials say hunters and trappers shouldn’t take animals that appear sick, and they recommend wearing rubber or latex gloves when field-dressing any mammal.