Vaccinated Raccoons in The Wild Program

Vaccinated Raccoons in The Wild Program
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Living in cities where the wildlife interferes with the “domestic” one isn’t that easy. This is why some people are starting to take into consideration the implementation of specific measures regarding the problems that have recently appeared in cities near the northern border, near Canada.

One of this measurements is the one Maine has been trying to implement. Officials that are in charge of wildlife aspects like raccoon rabies problem began to expand the program they’ve been supporting. They have been trying to vaccinate as many raccoons they found but now they are taking even more serious measures in order to prevent rabies to spread in Maine or even in Canada. Between August the 3rd and 7th over 350.000 vaccination baits will be distributed. As opposed to last year, the number has more than doubled.

The rabies problem arose again this year when over 30 cases have been not only in Maine, but also in the northern parts, near Canada. The scary part is that there haven’t been rabies problems in that place, at least not for the last decades. Many cases related to rabies infections have started to be reported during these days. In Monmouth and Topsham people encountered foxes with rabies and there was a case with a raccoon in Hope. The woman killed the raccoon but with what costs?

With the help of The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service expanding the program of Wildlife Services has proved to be so far successful. It began in 2003 but it recently reached bigger areas that are now “covered” and rabies-free. This is not only the U.S merit because Canada borders were involved in the matter as well.

Less cases of rabies are now reported especially in places where the vaccination has been implemented. The best part is that this vaccine doesn’t harm humans in any way.


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