BORN, Massachusetts – Don’t worry about a low-flying helicopter over Cape Cod next month or something.
From Monday, a helicopter will drop oral baits for rabies vaccine intended for raccoons and other wildlife on parts of Barnstable and Plymouth counties, the Cape Cod Times reported.
The spread of vaccine lures north and west of the Cape Cod Canal will continue until June 4, a rabies working group said in a statement for Cape Cod and Southeast Massachusetts.
About 68,000 oral rabies vaccines will be distributed.
The use of a helicopter allows government wildlife services to insert baits into areas inaccessible by vehicle.
The program is designed to increase rabies vaccination levels against wildlife and prevent raccoon rabies from recurring.
The vaccine is contained in baits with a strong smell of fish, unpleasant for humans, but attractive to raccoons, which are vaccinated against rabies after consuming the baits, the statement said.
The vaccine is safe for dogs that may accidentally ingest it, although some dogs may get an upset stomach.
The lures that are not found and consumed within a week will dissolve.