BOURNE, Mass. – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force will be available at the Bourne Town Hall on Monday, September 23 at 11:30 a.m., to discuss the state’s oral rabies vaccination (ORV) bait distribution program.
During this season’s ORV distribution, more than 70,000 baits have been obtained again for distribution on the Mainland to vaccinate wildlife there, in an effort to prevent the reintroduction of rabies to Cape Cod. Mainland Bourne & Sandwich, Plymouth, Wareham, and portions of Kingston, Carver, Middleboro, Rochester, and Marion will be baited again this Fall. Approximately 19,000 baits also will be distributed from the Cape Cod Canal through Routes 151 in Falmouth, 28 in Mashpee, and 149 in Barnstable in an effort to boost wildlife rabies vaccination rates, preventing the reemergence of raccoon rabies there. The Cape zone has been reduced from nearly 28,000 baits as a result of favorable rabies surveillance results on the peninsula.
The October 23rd event is an opportunity for media representatives to interview experts on rabies and view the fishmeal cube baits and coated sachets that are being distributed throughout southeast Mass., from October 1-30. Close to 86,000 of the ORV baits will be distributed by hand by town officials and volunteers, while approximately 5,500 will be distributed by bait stations in selected areas.
As a reminder, the translocation of wildlife by the public is strictly prohibited. By not relocating wildlife, people can and will help to prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases to non-infected areas.