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Vaccination baits to be distributed throughout the County
For Immediate Release September 15, 2016
Vaccination baits to be disturbed throughout the County
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Starting October 1-20, 2016 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services program to start distributing an oral rabies vaccination bait to vaccinate raccoons, foxes, coyotes and help stop further spread of rabies. The oral rabies vaccination baits are about the size of a matchbox and are coated with fishmeal flavoring. These baits are marked with a toll-free number if anyone needs assistance or information if one is found and you have any questions. These baits will be distributed by airplane, helicopter, and/or car.
If you find one of these baits, leave them alone, unless they are in a place where children play. There are steps to take to move the baits safely:
If you or your pet finds one of these baits:
Please contact USDA Wildlife Services at 334-844-5670 if you have questions regarding the vaccination program.
Sheriff Harris says “This is a program that the Department of Agriculture does every so often. We have not had any reports of any wild animals with rabies in our County.”