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Multi-State Effort Underway To Vaccinate Cape Cod Wildlife Against Rabies12:15
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A raccoon surveys St. Paul from the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS tower on Tuesday. (Evan West/Minnesota Public Radio News)
A raccoon surveys St. Paul from the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS tower on Tuesday. (Evan West/Minnesota Public Radio News)

Biologists from around the Northeast - and as far south as Georgia - are on a mission to vaccinate Cape Cod's raccoon population against rabies. This, after a raccoon tested positive for the virus in Hyannis in May. It was the first case of non-bat rabies detected in that region in eight years.

Then, in June, a woman in Malden was attacked by a rabid raccoon in her backyard.

So we wanted to learn about this massive vaccination effort, and what we need to be watching for when it comes to rabies.

We're joined by Karl von Hone, the director of the division of natural resources for the city of Yarmouth and the co-chair of the Cape Cod and South East Massachusetts Rabies Task Force, and Brian Bjorklund, a wildlife biologist with the USDA, and a coordinator with the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force.

We also hear from listeners on their raccoon and rabies experiences.

This segment aired on July 7, 2021.

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