USDA/APHIS Using Helicopters to Drop Rabies Vaccine

USDA/APHIS Wildlife Biologist Dana Johnson informed us this morning, October 11th, that helicopters will be utilized to drop packets of rabies vaccine over parts of Autauga and Elmore Counties this week to fight the westward spread of the rabies virus. There have been seven confirmed cases of rabies to date. While predominantly an issue with the raccoon population, one of these cases was found in a fox.

Johnson said that the air-dropped vaccine will be wrapped in fishmeal, so they bite into them, it will break pouches that contain the vaccine. The vaccine isn't dangerous to pets if they ingest the bait.

If you see wildlife that seems sick or is acting abnormally, contact Johnson at (334) 844-8029. Any wild animal that allows you to approach it should raise an alarm.