For Immediate Release: February 26, 2020
Media Contact: Lindsey Goudreau at 207-443-8330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BATH, Maine (February 26, 2020) - A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of answering questions from the public about the focused, localized removal effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on behalf of the City of Bath. The goal is to reduce the population densities of rabies-carrying species such as gray fox, red fox, skunk and raccoon in the areas of Bath affected by the rabies virus over the past 13 months. The meeting will take place in the Fisher Mitchell School cafeteria at 597 High Street, Bath.
Questions from the public will be fielded by a panel of involved parties, including experts from USDA Wildlife Services in Maine and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Priority will be given to questions from Bath residents; all speakers will be asked to share their name and address before commenting.
The upcoming removal effort is part of an integrative approach to address important health and safety concerns about rabies in Bath and surrounding communities. An additional action item includes a low-cost dog and cat rabies vaccination clinic (organized by Midcoast Humane) at the Bath Regional Information Center (15 Commercial Street) from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4; anyone is welcome to attend. Long-term educational efforts and preventative measures are also being investigated.
Questions concerning the public meeting should be directed to Lindsey Goudreau, Bath Marketing and Communication specialist, at 207-443-8330 ext. 3 or email@example.com