Beginning Monday, July 25 (6 week project), the United States Department of agriculture will be dropping rabies vaccines across Allegheny County, including in Mt. Lebanon, in the hopes of having it reach raccoons. Residents might see low-flying, slow-moving aircraft pass over the same area multiple times over a short period of time.
The oral rabies vaccine bait consists of a small blister packet that contains liquid vaccine inside. The bait is coated in a waxy, green coating that is attractive to raccoons. Risk is minimal but avoid contact anyway. If you come across stray bait, use a gloved hand to toss it to an out of the way place like a ditch.
The biggest issue is usually off-leash dogs in parks. Parks are common raccoon habitats and must be baited. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash and keep him or her away from the bait.
Dogs would not be harmed by eating a few baits.