The Wildlife Services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with the West Virginia Health Department to protect people and pets from the threat of rabies in your area. Wildlife Services is distributing an oral rabies vaccine bait to vaccinate raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes and help stop further spread of rabies. Baits are about the size of a matchbox and are coated with fishmeal flavoring or a sweet vanilla wax. Baits can be distributed by airplane, helicopter, or car. If you find baits, leave them alone, unless they are where children or pets play. Please see notice, attached, for information on how to safely move baits. Do not panic if your pet eats the bait. A few baits are not harmful, though eating a large number may cause an upset stomach. For more information, contact the health department or the Rabies Information Line at (304) 558-5358.