As a reminder, the capture and relocation of any wild animal is illegal and can cause harm to the animal. In the past, it has been determined that animals relocated to Cape Cod were identified as being infected with rabies. Please visit Moving wildlife | Mass.gov for more information. It is important for the public to keep themselves, children, and pets away from wild and stray animals. Pet owners are also reminded to keep their pets’ rabies vaccines up-to-date. Remember, you cannot tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it. If you do see an animal behaving strangely, please call your local animal control official.
For more information about rabies prevention and remediation efforts, see https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/programs-and-services/rabies-awareness Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (BCDHE) is working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) and the Town of Barnstable’s Health Division and Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs to coordinate a targeted and comprehensive trap, vaccinate and release program. Sampling for rabies will be performed on wild animals that are injured, sick acting or found dead.
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