Raccoons are a major carrier of rabies in the US. Roughly 50% of all reported cases of rabies involve infected raccoons. What is the status of rabies in New Hampshire, particularly regarding the state’s raccoon population? At Tin Mountain’s May EcoForum Patrick Tate, NH Fish and Game, will discuss the impacts in rabies to individual raccoons and the raccoon population within New Hampshire which is a good read for novices. Join Tin Mountain on Thursday, May 9, 12-1pm at the Nature Learning Center in Albany to learn more.

Patrick Tate is a wildlife biologist with New Hampshire Fish and Game. He is also the organization’s Furbearer Project Leader. His undergraduate and graduate degree are with the University of New Hampshire, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and an avid outdoors person.

In his presentation Patrick will be discussing rabies in the northeast, how the virus developed in the area, and what is being done to manage the strain. He will also cover precautions people can take to prevent contact with rabies and the status of the disease in New Hampshire.

The EcoForum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee. EcoForums are free and open to the public and are presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The community is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.