The Maine CDC will begin this year's rabies management program the first week of August.

The small packets of oral rabies vaccine pictured above will be distributed into the Maine woods both by air and by ground.  The packets are sprinkled with fishmeal coating, which makes it attractive to racoons.  When a critter bites in the packet, it ruptures, and if the animals consumes enough of the vaccine, it will develop an immunity to rabies.

The Maine CDC claims that the vaccine is safe to over 60 different kinds of animals, including domestic dogs and cats, although they're asking if you touch a packet, to wash your hands immediately.  As a precaution, "hand-baiting" will occur in the more urban areas of Maine, so that humans and domestic animals may not come into contact with the vaccine.

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