The New Brunswick government will be rolling out their rabies control measures throughout western parts of the province, including major centres in Fredericton and Saint John, in July.
According to the province, they’ll be distributing vaccine bait to areas where racoons and skunks are commonly found. Once ingested the bait vaccinates wildlife against rabies.
The province will begin distributing the bait on July 10 in Fredericton and St. Mary’s First Nation, July 20 in Saint John and July 31 for smaller communities including Woodstock, McAdam, St. Stephen and Deer Island.
“While the effort we have made in recent years has shown promising results, we must remain vigilant to help prevent the spread of this life-threatening disease,” said Rick Doucet, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, in a press release.
The release says that the bait will be placed in green spaces, parks and wooded areas.
Although it is not dangerous to humans or domestic pets the government is encouraging pet owners to not let their pets ingest bait intended for wildlife.
Southern New Brunswick had more the 400,000 pieces of vaccinated bait distributed in 2016.