Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Public Health in Southwestern and Eastern Ontario
Ontario is actively responding to cases of confirmed rabies in parts of Ontario and nearby New York State by dropping rabies vaccination baits.
Throughout the summer and fall, rabies vaccine baiting will be taking place in the Stratford and Golden Horseshoe areas by:
- helicopter, beginning mid-August
- twin otter plane, late August
- hand, ongoing throughout summer and early fall
Baiting plans will be revised as needed, based on weather and the potential discovery of additional rabies locations.
In addition, about 30,000 baits will be dropped by aircraft on Wolfe Island, the Thousand Islands Bridge (Ivy Lea), and near Cornwall in late-August.
These areas are being targeted because of the presence of rabid raccoons in New York near the Ontario border.
The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes, and raccoons that eat them. Baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies information line number stamped on them. If you see baits, please do not disturb them.
Ontario's bait drop program is one of the most successful rabies control programs in North America.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is responsible for wildlife rabies research and management programs in Ontario. This includes distribution of vaccine baits.
- 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.
- Protect your family and pets from rabies.
- The public should not trap, transport or feed wildlife.