Ontario Newsroom

Rabies Wildlife Vaccine Bait Drop Helps Protect Ontarians

Archived Bulletin

Rabies Wildlife Vaccine Bait Drop Helps Protect Ontarians

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario will continue with one of the most successful wildlife rabies eradication programs in North America by distributing 385,000 wildlife baits containing rabies vaccine this summer.

The vaccine will control the spread of rabies in skunks and foxes and help continue to keep Ontario raccoons free of rabies. The baits will be distributed in the following areas:

  • Throughout southwestern Ontario.
  • In the Niagara region between Welland Canal and Niagara River, including Navy Island.
  • On Wolfe, Howe, Simcoe and Hill islands in St. Lawrence River as well as a small area on the mainland near Prescott.

The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. Baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies hotline number stamped on them. If you see baits, please leave them undisturbed.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario raccoons have been free of rabies since September 2005.
  • Last year marked the lowest number of rabies positive cases in the province since the disease became established in Ontario in the late 1950s.
  • Ontario has reduced the number of rabies cases in the province by more than 99 per cent since the rabies control programs began over 20 years ago.
  • Exposure to a bait is not harmful to people or pets. However, if a person or a pet comes in contact with the vaccine in the bait, contacting a doctor or veterinarian as a precaution is recommended.

Additional Resources

  • See a map of all the baiting areas.
  • View pictures from past aerial bait drops.

Media Contacts

  • Dennis Donovan

    Wildlife Research & Development Section

    705-755-2273

  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

Share

Tags

Environment and Energy Health and Wellness