Agents with the USDA’s Wildlife Services program, Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Agriculture have just wrapped up a 9-day bait release program that officials hope will target one of the state’s leading carriers of rabies–raccoons.
Around 125,000 oral rabies vaccination baits were spread over a 900-square mile area. So far this year, 43 rabid animals have been found in the state.
These baits specifically target raccoons but rabid skunks, foxes, woodchucks and bats have also been found this year.
The Department says the baits should pose no long-term risk to dogs but if a dog eats a large number of the baits, it could become ill with a temporarily upset stomach.