Bait drop program creates rabies buffer zone in West Texas
Rabies vaccine bait has been dropped from aircraft, targeting wildlife across much of south and west Texas in hopes of creating a buffer zone to protect the rest of the state from a rabies outbreak in New Mexico and Arizona.
Now, state officials are asking the public to help monitor the success of the program by reporting suspicious wildlife. Samples of suspect animals are being sought.
If a suspect animal is found, please contact the appropriate animal control agency to have the animal humanely destroyed. Those agencies include: City of Eldorado Animal Control; Schleicher County Sheriff’s Department, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden.
In the event that appropriate animal control authorities are unavailable, or cannot be contacted, citizens are asked to humanely destroy the suspect animal and hold it for authorities. Safety and care is urged collecting the suspect animal. Remember: always wear latex, rubber or leather gloves when handling dead animals.
Contact the Region Offices of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) during normal business hours... M-F 8-5.
• Dr. Ken Waldrup (915) 834-7782/(915) 309-1032, or Kathy Parker (432) 571-4118