Rabid Raccoons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal and state wildlife officials are dropping raccoon bait laced with a rabies vaccine to protect residents from Pinellas County to Daytona Beach.

The matchbook-size bait packets, made of fish meal, are being distributed by airplanes and helicopters in six counties this week:
Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Lake and Sumter,

Officials say the goal is to build a (quote) barrier of protection" from any of the masked mammals who have rabies.

This is the third year for the program, which costs about 750-thousand dollars per year.

Last year, 634-thousand baits were delivered across West Central Florida, and this year, 700-thousand will be dropped.

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