Rabies bait program begins in SD&G

These wax-fat bait packets will be dropped in areas of SD&G starting Monday, June 29, 2020 to fight against rabies in the wild animal population. (MNRF via Newswatch Group, File)

SD&G – Members of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be dropping bait packs in urban areas of SD&G starting today (June 29) in the fight against rabies.

It’s part of an annual program to control the deadly viral infection in raccoons, skunks and foxes, that attacks the brain and spinal cord of the animal.

The baits are dropped around bushes, ravines, large culverts and fence lines in urban areas where raccoons and skunks are known to around. In the rural areas, they are dropped from a plane.

The MNRF says they are not distributed near schools, playgrounds of near yards with toys were children are likely to be.

The green-coloured wax-fat vaccine packets smell like marshmallow to attract animals.

The ministry says if you come across one, don’t touch it. But if they are accidentally eaten by a pet or a person, they are not harmful.

Areas of the City of Cornwall won’t be hand baited until the middle of August.