County Racoon Rabies Bait Program (w/ info for pet owners!)

Allegheny County has provided guidance to the public and pet owners regarding the start of their annual raccoon rabies baiting program. The following is a synopsis provided by the county. The Borough encourages you to visit the county website for more information, including information for concerned pet owners.

From Allegheny County (https://alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Programs/Special-Initiatives/Raccoon-Rabies-Vaccination-Baiting.aspx):

“Over the past 19 years there has been a significant reduction in human and pet exposures to rabies throughout Allegheny County. This is largely due to the efforts of the rabies vaccination program for wild raccoons spearheaded by the United States Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Wildlife Services (USDA), who ACHD partners with for this massive effort. This year, employees and volunteers of ACHD and the USDA will be distributing vaccine-containing baits from July 31st through August 17th across Allegheny County.

“The baits will be delivered both by hand from ground vehicles and by helicopter. The helicopters will be flying in North-South transects that do go over residential areas. As the transects are close together to ensure sufficient baiting, residents may see the helicopters moving slowly over the same area multiple times within a short period of time. Because this could be alarming if residents are unaware of what is happening, we ask for your help in getting the word out about the baiting and when it will be happening in an effort to minimize upsetting the public. Hand baiting will be occurring from July 31st through August 10th, and helicopter baiting will be occurring from August 10th through August 17th.”