Attention Community Members! Aerial Rabies Vaccine Bait August 2021
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will be aerially distributing oral rabies vaccine throughout the month of August. Based from the Brantford Airport, four flights will be dropping bait over Six Nations and New Credit, with flight lines at a low altitude of 500 feet.
Per the map below, rabies vaccine bait distribution will be conducted in rural areas with MNRF aircraft and by hand in urban areas by MNRF wildlife technicians.
Grey shaded areas will be completed with a combination of Twin Otter airplane and Eurocopter EC130 helicopter through August 9 to 13 and August 16 to 22, 2021 (dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions).
The ministry’s rabies control operations are essential to public health and to the health of wildlife. Ontario’s rabies vaccine baits have been tested to ensure they are safe for wildlife, people, and pets. However, eating a vaccine bait does not replace the regular rabies vaccination provided by veterinarian for your pet. If your pet has eaten a bait and you are concerned, please contact your vet as a precaution.
For further information about rabies in Ontario, please visit Ontario.ca/rabies or contact MNRF’s rabies information line at 1-888-574-6656.
With the current COVID-19 outbreak, additional health and safety measures have been put into place using the best available information from Public Health Ontario to deliver this program safely and minimize risks to staff, the public, and wildlife and will continue to re-evaluate.