WISCONSIN police kill aggressive BEAR ~ CALIFORNIA’s Coachella Valley confirms MOSQUITO infected with WEST NILE VIRUS, and COYOTES prompt closing of trails in San Francisco’s GOLDEN GATE PARK ~ COLORADO reporting three human fatalities caused by HANTAVIRUS this year, and a fourth case confirmed in Delta County ~ RABIES reports from AR, CO, GA, KS, TX, & WI.

Black Bear. Photo by Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Wisconsin 04/10/12 duluthnewstribune.com: Marshfield police have shot and killed a bear that they say showed signs of being aggressive. The police department says a resident first reported Saturday that a bear stood on its rear legs in an attack or defensive posture while it was close to her and her dog. Authorities tried to trap the bear but weren’t able to. Police then received a call Monday evening from another resident who said a bear was in his yard, standing on its hind legs in a threatening posture. Police notified the state Department of Natural Resources, which instructed officers not to allow the bear to escape. The bear was killed before the DNR arrived. Police remind residents to lock up any food sources that might attract bears

California 04/09/12 Coachella Valley, Riverside County: Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District officials have captured a mosquito that tested positive for the West Nile Virus. – See http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120410/NEWS08/204100309/Mosquito-found-West-Nile-virus-east-Coachella-Valley

California 04/11/12 millbrae.patch.com: A recent increase in the number of coyote sightings in part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has prompted authorities to close certain trails, animal control officials said. Some trails have been closed in the area of John F. Kennedy Drive between Middle Lake and North Lake, near the bison paddock, Animal Care and Control Lt. Le-Ellis Brown said today. Brown said animal control officials recommended that the city’s Recreation and Park Department shut down the trails after receiving reports of coyotes following people walking dogs, and approaching off-leash dogs. It was 15 years ago that San Mateo County Department of Parks’ rangers, managing Sawyer Camp Trail in Crystal Springs Park, had to deal with a coyote harassing hikers. – For complete article see http://millbrae.patch.com/articles/coyote-sightings-prompt-trail-closures

Colorado 04/12/12 denverpost.com: by Michael Booth – The three hantavirus deaths reported in Colorado by early this spring are a public health concern but not a panic, health officials are saying. “Colorado has anywhere from one to 11 cases of hantavirus reported in a year,” said Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman Mark Salley.  “It is difficult to predict whether we will break our record for the number of cases in a year. However, late spring and early summer months do tend to be higher risk for hantavirus infection in humans, due to spring cleaning of surfaces contaminated with rodent droppings.” – For complete article see http://blogs.denverpost.com/health/2012/04/12/3-hantavirus-cases-colorado-trend-outbreak/362/

Deer Mouse. Common carrier of Hantavirus.

Colorado 04/11/12 Delta County: The Delta County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that a Delta County man has been diagnosed with hantavirus. He’s been hospitalized since March 26. – See http://www.deltacountyindependent.com/news/delta-area/26729-delta-county-resident-hospitalized-with-hantavirus.html

Arkansas 04/09/12 Statewide: Fifty-four animals have tested positive for rabies so far this year, just six less than last year’s total of 60 cases. The most recent cases involved two bats and a skunk found in Garland County. The infection is most prevalent in skunks. – See http://www.4029tv.com/news/30858715/detail.html

Colorado 04/11/12 Longmont, Boulder & Weld counties: A presumably dead bat that a vaccinated dog was found playing with outside a home near Third Avenue and Sherman Street has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.denverpost.com/dnc/ci_20372078/rabid-bat-found-longmont-neighborhood

Georgia 04/10/12 Hall County: Health officials have confirmed a tenth case of rabies so far this year. A skunk that came into contact with three dogs on Woodlin Road in the northeast part of the county has tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=247362

Kansas 04/09/12 Statewide: Rabies cases are up more than 300% this year. Officials have confirmed 13 cases in the state since Jan. 1 compared to 4 cases in the same timeframe last year. The infection is most prevalent in skunks.  – See http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Rabies_Cases_Increase_Threefold_In_Kansas_146748055.html

Texas 04/10/12 Killeen, Bell County: Two unvaccinated dogs have been quarantined after a skunk that tested positive for rabies wandered onto their owner’s property. – See http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Killeen__Dogs_Quarantined_After_Contact_With_Rabid_Skunk_146907905.html

Wisconsin 04/11/12 Wausau, Marathon County: Officials are looking for a small, brown Dachshund-type dog that bit a child on Ethel Street in the city’s southeast side. The dog was walking on a leash with a man who was described as white and in his 30s. Authorities are attempting to verify the dog’s vaccination status to prevent the child from having to go through a series of rabies shots. Anyone with information about the dog or its owner should contact the Marathon County Health Department at 715-261-1908. the Marathon County Dispatch at 715-849-7785 or the Marathon County Humane Society at 715-845-2810.

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