Study to determine raccoon, skunk populations

Researchers will be setting traps in Saint John and Fredericton, as well as forested and agricultural areas in southwestern New Brunswick, to help determine the population density of raccoons and skunks.

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Department of Energy and Resource Development, and the University of New Brunswick are partnering on the study from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1.

“New Brunswick’s efforts to combat the spread of rabies has shown promising results over the past three years,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. “The oral rabies vaccination program has been successful in reducing the number of wildlife rabies cases in the province. Knowing the density of raccoon and skunk populations will help the experts better plan for future efforts to inoculate wild animal populations against rabies and further protect New Brunswick.”

While the live traps will not injure dogs or cats, pet owners are encouraged not to let their animals roam off-leash to avoid setting off traps accidentally.

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