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.