CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Wildlife advocates say milder winters in North Carolina could be part of the reason an injured armadillo recently turned up in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted information Friday about the animal, which was at a shelter after being attacked by another animal.

State officials began asking the public for help documenting North Carolina armadillo sightings in 2013, noting there had been confirmed sightings in some counties along the southwestern border of the state.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says nine-banded armadillos are largely nocturnal and not considered dangerous.

Officials warn not to approach the animals in the wild. They are known to carry bacteria that can lead to leprosy, and officials say they can transmit it to humans.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com