Rabies vaccine being distributed by Ministry of Natural Resources in Toronto.

The staff from Ontario’s ministry of natural resources have begun dropping rabies vaccines by hand in green areas in the western half of Toronto to prevent the spread of the viral disease among wild animals, such as raccoons and skunks.

The workers began distributing the vaccine yesterday and will continue to do so through late October.

The vaccine is contained in a small packet the size of a Loonie that is army-green in colour and includes a “do not eat label” and a toll free number.

The vaccine is not intended for dogs and cats and residents are being warned to take their pet to the veterinarian if it consumes more than one of the vaccines.

Wild animals that chew or swallow the vaccine will be immunized against rabies about two weeks after chewing or swallowing the vaccine.