Title

Fever Pitch

Authors

Jaed Coffin

Source

Down East

Date

2-2021

Pages

56-59, 66, 68-69

Abstract

Article focusing on the spate of rabies cases in the Bath area in 2019 (sixteen, as opposed to two cases in 2018) and the town's response to it. Discusses the corresponding rise in animal attacks in the area, particularly two attacks on one man, 89-year-old Norman Kenney, by two separate gray foxes, weeks apart. Notes the community fear generated by these circumstances and the town's controversial decision to address the issue using a USDA-sponsored trapping program aimed at decreasing the population of rabies-carrying species. Describes community resistance to this solution, including the Save the Fox Facebook group, and group member Elizabeth Dingley, who advocates for oral vaccination of vulnerable species and was eventually elected to the Bath city council.

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