Wolves attacking contact line may be rabid: Azerbaijani State Veterinary Service

Society Materials 27 February 2009 14:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Barda, Feb. 27 / Trend , S. Jaliloglu/

The Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry's State Veterinary Service will take blood samples from wolves attacking villages near the contact line for analysis at the Central Republic Laboratory.

"The wolves may be rabid. Thirty-five blood samples were taken in 2008. Twenty-five wolves had rabies," the service's divisional head Ismayil Hasanov said.

Packs of wolves attacking villages near the contact line will be destroyed.

The wolves and jackals migrate from Azerbaijani occupied lands to lower lying regions, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry's Division 88 told Trend earlier.

The animals migrate to the contact line as they cannot find food in the occupied lands as the ecological balance in those areas has been destroyed.  

Hasanov said dogs may also be rabid.

"As usual, stray dogs will be caught and vaccinated," he said.

The service will meet in Barda today.

The meeting will focus on measures implemented last year and tasks for 2009.

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