IMPORTANT NOTICE :
The Québec government will carry out vaccine bait drops in the Montérégie and Estrie regions and in the metropolitan area. The vaccination operations are being carried out to maintain and bolster the immunization of raccoons, skunks and foxes against raccoon rabies.
Manual vaccine bait drops - Montérégie region and the metropolitan area
From August 25 to September 12, 2017, teams from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs will cover a territory of nearly 3 700 km² encompassing 73 municipalities in the Montérégie region and nine parks in the Montréal area to spread nearly 260 000 vaccine baits in the natural habitats of raccoons, skunks and foxes. The sites include, in particular, wooded areas, the banks of watercourses, the edges of farm fields, and areas around garbage cans.
List of the parcs targeted in 2017 :
- Parc du Mont-Royal ;
- Parc régional des Rapides ;
- Parc régional de l’Anse-à-l’Orme ;
- Parc régional du Cap-Saint-Jacques ;
- Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard ;
- Parc régional du Bois-de-Liesse ;
- Parc régional du Bois-de-Saraguay ;
- Parc-nature du Bois d’Anjou ;
- Parc régional de la Pointe-aux-Prairies.
The vaccine bait:
- resembles a large, olive green ravioli measuring roughly 4 cm x 2 cm x 1 cm;
- is very solid (it is designed to withstand the impact of an air drop);
- must be perforated to spread the liquid vaccine that it contains, which the wild animal does by biting it;
- blends in with the environment because of its colour;
- gives off a vanilla odour that attracts wild animals.
- The vaccine baits are intended for wild animals. Avoid handling them.
- While the vaccine baits are very safe, if you touch a broken vaccine bait:
- use soap and water to wash your hands and any part of your body that came into contact with the bait;
- call the number on the back of the bait or Info-Santé at 811.
- At all times, if you are bitten, scratched or have another type of contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the wound, even if it seems minor, with soap and water for 10 minutes and promptly contact Info-Santé at 811 to ensure proper follow-up.
- Residents who live in monitoring and control zones can contribute significantly to the fight against raccoon rabies. They are asked to report dead raccoons, skunks and foxes or animals that seem disoriented, injured, unusually aggressive or paralysed by contacting the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs at 1-877-346-6763 or by visiting rageduratonlaveur.gouv.qc.ca.
- Never approach an unknown wild or domestic animal even if it seems inoffensive.
- Consult your veterinarian to have your domestic pets vaccinated against rabies.
- Take steps to avoid attracting troublesome animals on your property, for example, by ensuring that outdoor garbage cans are out of reach.
- Avoid moving troublesome or undesirable animals since you could spread diseases such as rabies to other territories.
- Consult a veterinarian if your pet is bitten by or comes into contact with a wild animal likely to transmit rabies.
Consult Notice (PDF)
Credit: Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs