Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Raccoon Rabies Vaccine Baiting

Beginning on April 29th, baits containing rabies vaccines will be left around some Cape Cod towns in an effort to protect the community from raccoon rabies.  The baits are not harmful to pets or humans, but they are made of fishmeal, so they will be attractive to cats and dogs. The baits will be left out in Barnstable and all towns east to Orleans in areas where raccoons are likely to be found, and will be labeled with a warning message and phone number. Again, the baits are not harmful to pets, but you can call the USDA Wildlife Services Rabies Program Coordinator, Brian Bjorklund at (508) 476-2715 (office) or (413) 537-9394 (cell) if you are concerned about an accidental ingestion. The baiting program will go on until May 20th.