This is not a drill.

Next week there will be tons of these dropped from a 'plane' and helicopter in Erie County for the animals. Per the Erie County government website:

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) In collaboration with the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the NY State Department of Health and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) Wildlife Services, is participating in a wildlife baiting rabies vaccination initiative.

The oral rabies vaccines to prevent the disease will be dropped all over Erie and Niagara counties in certain areas, woods and the City of Buffalo. There will be over 400,000 of them dropped and unless it is in your yard, officials say do not touch them.

If they are in your yard, you will want to put gloves on and move it so it does not attract wildlife, like raccoons. The Erie County Government advises:

While wearing a glove or other protective covering (i.e., plastic bag), you could move bait to a wooded area where a raccoon, skunk, fox or coyote will be more likely to find it. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after any contact with a bait.

You can see the drop map, too!


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