Pine, Richland performing raccoon rabies vaccinations

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 12:01 AM


The annual rabies vaccination program for wild raccoons will take place in Pine and Richland townships through Aug. 21.

Employees and volunteers from the Allegheny County Health Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will distribute baits that contain the vaccine throughout the area, particularly in parks. The bait comes in two forms, one of which looks like a ketchup packet and the other a block that is coated in and made from fish meal to attract the raccoons.

According to information from the county, the risk of adverse effects to humans and animals who may come in contact with the vaccine is minimal, but they do advise that dog owners keep their pets on a leash, indoors or on private property during the baiting period and a week after the period ends. If a bait satchel or block must be moved, people are advised to wear latex or rubber gloves or use a shovel to minimize contact.

If a dog does consume the bait, it could cause an upset stomach and/or diarrhea.

Anyone with questions about the vaccine can call 1-800-722-6725; questions about the baiting process can be answered by calling 412-350-4046.

• State Sen. Lindsey Williams and the Education Law Center will hold a “telephone town hall meeting” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in which residents are invited to listen to a discussion about topics that impact education in the district and state as well as ask questions. To participate, visit senatorlindseywilliams.com.

• Milling began on Gibson Road in Richland on July 31 as part of a paving project that also includes Valencia Road. Milling will cover the full width of the road. The project also will include testing the strength of the road base, making necessary repairs and replacing or repairing deteriorated storm drain inlets before installing two layers of new asphalt. Motorists are asked to drive slowly and carefully on milled roads before the paving process and to avoid driving on freshly paved surfaces so as to not compromise the quality of the work.