SIX NATIONS – On February 23, 2017 The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) notified Six Nations Wildlife Program and Animal Control Services that a deceased raccoon originating from the Grand River Territory tested positive for rabies.
The specimen was collected as road kill by Six Nations Animal Control Services along Chiefswood Road and Third Line.
It is unknown if any local animals came in contact with a rabid raccoon. As a preventative measure Six Nations Animal Control Services are scheduling a Rabies Clinic during the month of March, once confirmed further details on the clinic will be provided. Community members who wish to have their pets vaccinated before this date can also visit local veterinarians in surrounding communities (fees will vary).
Protect your family and pets from rabies:
– Avoid contact with live or dead animals including raccoons, skunks, bats and any unknown dogs or cats. Do not feed, help or relocate any wildlife or keep them as pets.
– Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep vaccinations current for dogs and cats, to protect them and help prevent the virus from spreading to other animals or people.
– Don’t allow your pet to wander freely unsupervised, especially at night. Don’t leave your pet’s food outside as it can attract wildlife.
– If you suspect your pet already has rabies put him or her in a safe, remote area and call your veterinarian immediately. Keep the pet away from people or other animals until a professional has assessed him or her.
– Report all animal bites and scratches to Six Nations Public Health by calling (519) 445-2672. Immediately wash wounds with soap and water or hand sanitizer if there is no soap and water nearby and seek medical attention.
– Report sick, injured or strange behaving wildlife to Six Nations Wildlife by calling (519) 445-0330.
For more information on the rabies virus and how you can protect your family and pets call Six Nations Public Health at (519) 445-2672. If you are in need of Animal Control Services call (519) 445-2947 OR for after-hours services call (519) 445-4818.