SOUTH STORMONT — The province is set to air-drop of baits containing rabies vaccine in part of South Stormont along the St. Lawrence River.
To control fox strain and raccoon strain rabies, small olive colour blister packs will be dropped in areas known to have animals at risk of infection, the township says in an advisory on its website.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has advised that the local helicopter distribution within City of Cornwall jurisdiction, as well as Cornwall Island and a small portion of South Stormont Township north of the city, will commence in mid-August. It’s the only bait drop in the area, according to the ministry’s summer/fall 2016 operations map.
The dropped packets contain an oral rabies vaccine and feature black print stating that fact and advising not to ingest. The packets do not cause harm to the animals as they are made of vegetable fat, oils, dyes and sugar.
If found, the bait packets should not be touched, but left for raccoons, skunks and foxes to consume.
Exposure to the bait is not harmful to people or pets; however, in the unlikely event that people or pets come in contact with the vaccine, contacting a doctor or veterinarian as a precaution is recommended.
Residents are advised to call the rabies vaccination project hotline at 1-888-574-6656 for more information.