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Raccoon bait laced with rabies vaccine to be distributed

Raccoon baits laced with rabies vaccine are to be distributed throughout Erie and Niagara counties this month.

Niagara County Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said Monday that distribution of baits by hand is to begin Wednesday in parts of Niagara Falls.

Mary St. Mary, spokeswoman for the Erie County Health Department, said hand-baiting is scheduled to start Aug. 22 in Buffalo. Airdrops from planes throughout the region are scheduled to begin Aug. 16, and drops from helicopters are to begin Aug. 29.

In all, more than 400,000 baits are to be scattered across the two counties. A map of the distribution plan is available at the Niagara County Health Department's rabies prevention website.

This is the 21st consecutive year for the vaccine distribution. The baits are not harmful to pets, although it is recommended that gloves be worn when picking them up.

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