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1 November 2006 A Polyvinyl Chloride Bait Station for Dispensing Rabies Vaccine to Raccoons in Suburban Landscapes
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Hand-baiting and helicopter distribution are commonly used to distribute vaccine-laden baits to help control raccoon (Procyon lotor) rabies in suburban landscapes. These techniques can be labor intensive and costly. We designed and tested a polyvinyl chloride bait station as an alternative method to dispense the baits to raccoons. Our goal was to build an inexpensive, portable, and weather-resistant bait station that minimized nontarget species visitation. We tested the bait station over a 2-year period. We used infrared-triggered cameras (IRCs) to quantify animal visitation to bait stations. During the study IRCs provided 522 photographs of animals present at bait stations; 90.3% of all animals photographed were raccoons. In 2003 and 2004, approximately 4,651 (93 baits/km2) and 2,960 (59 baits/km2) baits were removed from the bait stations, respectively. We believe the bait stations could potentially replace or supplement hand-baiting and helicopter distribution as a cost-effective method for dispensing rabies vaccine to raccoons in suburban landscapes.

JASON R. BOULANGER, LAURA L. BIGLER, PAUL D. CURTIS, DONALD H. LEIN, and ARTHUR J. LEMBO "A Polyvinyl Chloride Bait Station for Dispensing Rabies Vaccine to Raccoons in Suburban Landscapes," Wildlife Society Bulletin 34(4), 1206-1211, (1 November 2006). https://doi.org/10.2193/0091-7648(2006)34[1206:APCBSF]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 November 2006
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