In order to perform mass vaccinations against rabies for the area’s fox and
jackal populations, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality will be scattering bait
containing edible vaccines against the disease.
Municipal workers will in
the coming days begin distributing the bait, which provides immunity to the
animals upon swallowing, in brown cartons the size of matchboxes, the city said.
The hope is that the vaccines reach a large portion of the dozens of foxes and
jackals who live in the open areas surrounding the city.
bait is being distributed for the sixth year in a row and will be found in
several specific Tel Aviv locations.
In Ganei Yehoshua, also known as the
Yarkon Park, Rosh Tzipor, Sheva Tachanot and Eser Tachnot sites will all receive
bait boxes, the municipality said.
Many open spaces will also contain the
vaccines. East of Habarzel Street, the Neve Sharett neighborhood, the Mishtala
neighborhood, north of Tel Baruch through Road 5, north of Azorei Hen, Kiryat
HaHinuch, along the stretch of coast toward Herzliya, Tel Baruch beach, Hatzuk
beach, Sde Dov and Menachem Begin Park from Holon Junction through the Ayalon
The Tel Aviv municipality, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority
(INPA ) and the Agriculture Ministry’s Veterinary Services have all warned that
residents should not touch the bait boxes if they come across
Although the bait does not present any danger, anyone who does
mistakenly touch the bait should wash his or her hands with soap and call the
INPA immediately, the authority stressed.
The bait boxes will be
scattered around open areas all over Israel from now through April, the INPA
In addition to calling upon residents to avoid the boxes, the Tel
Aviv municipal veterinarian also asked that they refrain from feeding the
wildlife as doing so is prohibited, and may harm the animals’
Foxes and jackals tend to remain in open areas and are primarily
active between sunset and a half-hour before sunrise, and avoid approaching
humans or domestic animals, the municipality said.
However, if residents
do encounter live or dead foxes and jackals, they should report their findings
to the 106 call center, the city said.