Investigating the Ecology, Control, and Prevention of Terrestrial
Rabies in Free-Ranging Wildlife
PROJECT GOAL: Study the ecology of wildlife and evaluate risk
factors that may be involved with the transmission of rabies among
wildlife and rabies virus trafficking across landscapes and to develop
methods and strategies that reduce or eliminate such transmission.
Objective 1: Determine the significance
of demography, behavior, movements, and dispersal of raccoons and
striped skunks as they may relate to the transmission and rabies virus
trafficking across ecosystems.
Objective 2: Develop and/or evaluate
methods and technologies for use by the oral rabies vaccination program
to increase effectiveness in vaccinating free-ranging wildlife against
rabies which may reduce or eliminate the transmission of rabies from
wildlife to humans, livestock, and other wildlife.
Objective 3: Obtain information on
the ecology of gray foxes for possible development of improved baiting
strategies for the oral rabies vaccination program in Texas.
Objective 4: Evaluate long-term efficacy
of the V-RG vaccine and factors that may interfere with or reduce
rabies vaccination rates in free-ranging raccoons.