Public Health Advisory Update: Terrestrial Rabies Surveillance Response in Brewster

June 14, 2021 – Brewster, MA - In response to the recent documented case of a rabies positive raccoon in Hyannis, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing an intensive emergency trap-vaccinate-release campaign starting this coming Monday, June 14.  This program will start in Dennis and portions of Brewster, Harwich, and Yarmouth and is expected to be completed by July 3. The map below depicts the trap-vaccinate-release zone in pink where USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services will be working.  All trapped terrestrial rabies vectors will be hand vaccinated against rabies, ear tagged, and released at the site of capture. Any animals that are sick- or strange-acting, or have wounds of unknown origin, will be tested as part of the on-going rabies surveillance program.  Approximately 15 field wildlife biologists and technicians from ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, PA, MD, and VA will be assisting.

USDA is seeking private property owners that would allow access to live trap, vaccinate, tag, and release rabies vector species (raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, fishers) on their properties.  If you are a property owner in the pink zone and are interested in participating in these efforts, please email Ryan Bevilacqua at ryan.bevilacqua@usda.gov, call Brian Bjorklund at 413-537-9394, or send a message to the Cape Cod and Southeast Rabies Task Force Facebook page (Cape Cod & Southeast Massachusetts Rabies Task Force - Home | Facebook). Thank you for your cooperation.