rabies

A pair of foxes have attacked a man in a community that neighbors a city where more than a dozen residents and pets were attacked by rabid foxes last year.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is working with U.S. Wildlife Services to distribute an oral vaccine to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies.

A trapping program aimed at reducing the density of wildlife to reduce the number of rabid animals has wrapped up in Bath.

Twenty-four raccoons and four skunks were captured and euthanized under the program conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Twenty-six other animals were captured and released.

The program was approved by Bath City Council in February in response to an influx of rabid animals that resulted in 18 fox attacks on people and pets over the past year.

Bath is moving forward with a trapping program to address a rabies outbreak in which rabid animal attacks grew 700% from 2018 to 2019.

Under the plan, 10 traps will be set in Bath and every fox, skunk and raccoon caught will be euthanized and tested for rabies. Other wild animals and any pets that end up getting caught will be released or returned to their owners.

On Monday the City Council voted to proceed with the program.

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Dozens of Bath residents questioned state wildlife officials Thursday about a proposal to trap and euthanize animals in the city to deal with an outbreak of rabies.

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In response to multiple attacks by foxes over the past several months, the city of Bath is planning to trap and euthanize wild animals over a 10-day period.

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says that a coyote that was strangled by a man after attacking his child had rabies, and that it may not be the only one.

BATH, Maine - Police say an 88-year-old Maine man was bitten on the face by a fox when he fell to the ground while trying beat the attacking animal with his cane.

The bat population has been in decline in Maine ever since 2011, when the onset of white nose syndrome caused by a harmful fungus began to kill off different bat species here. Bats are beneficial to the ecosystem, particularly because they eat insects and pests. During National Bat Week, we’ll learn about statewide efforts to monitor and foster the health of the bat population, and we’ll also talk with experts about what to do if bats are in your home—or if you are worried about exposure to rabies.

Federal agriculture officials are set to disperse rabies vaccine baits targeted at raccoons across a wide swath of northeast Maine.

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We discuss the prevalence of rabies in Maine, what to do about potentially rabid animals, how to treat humans and pets who may have rabies and more.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - Officials say a fox bit a woman outside her home in Bowdoinham, Maine, then chased a neighbor's dogs before running into the neighbor's house, where it was killed.

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) is trying to identify individuals who may have been exposed to rabies last weekend in Bangor through the handling a rabid bat.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - The Maine Warden Service says a woman who tried to help an injured, rabid raccoon that ended up biting her and a game warden will not be charged with a crime.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Police in coastal Maine say a person attempting to nurse an injured rabid raccoon back to health got bitten multiple times and will now undergo rabies treatment.

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