WISCONSIN DNR seeks VOLUNTEERS for CARNIVORE tracking program ~ OREGON HUNTER mauled by wounded BEAR ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from NE, & SD ~ COYOTE reports from ILLINOISx2 ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC (National), CAx2, & ME ~ RABIES reports from GAx2, NY, NCx3, & TX.

Wolverine. Courtesy National Park Service.

Wisconsin 11/02/12 dnr.wi.gov: News Release – Learn tracking skills – assist in wildlife surveys. Researchers from the Department of Natural Resources have conducted track surveys of fur-bearing mammals since 1977. In 1979, the DNR began conducting formal wolf track surveys as part of the state wolf monitoring program. A separate survey program for American marten began in 1981. Snow track surveys have also been used to determine distribution and abundance of fisher, bobcat and other forest carnivores in Wisconsin. since 1995, the Wisconsin DNR has used volunteers to conduct snow track surveys for wolves and other carnivores.

The goals of the survey are to:

  1. determine the number, distribution, breeding status and territories of wolves in Wisconsin;
  1. develop a sense of the abundance and distribution of other medium-sized and large carnivores in the state; and
  2. determine the existence of rare carnivores such as Canada lynx, cougar and possibly wolverine.

Become a tracker! Help monitor Wisconsin’s wolf population by conducting winter track surveys.

To participate, you will be expected to:

  • attend a wolf ecology course sponsored by DNR, Timber Wolf Alliance or Timber Wolf Information Network;
  • attend a track training course sponsored by the WI DNR & Timber Wolf Alliance;
  • take a mammal track test; and
  • agree to complete three surveys following DNR guidelines [PDF] and submit their findings.

Data received from this program is used to supplement DNR surveys and provide the public with opportunity to be involved in determining the status of our forest carnivores. Contact information – For information on the Volunteer Tracking Program, contact: Jane Wiedenhoeft, Track Program Manager, 715-762-1362. – See http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/volunteer.html

Bear Attack:

Oregon 11/02/12 mailtribune.com: A Medford man suffered multiple injuries Thursday afternoon after a bear he and a hunting partner had shot grabbed and began to maul him. Alex Machado, 22, was being treated at press time for multiple injuries in the emergency room of Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford — following a search and rescue effort that included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Oregon State Police and Mercy Flights responders. The second hunter, 24-year-old Nathan Shinn of Phoenix (OR), was uninjured in the incident. Officials said Machado and Shinn were deer hunting near Elk Creek Road in Trail when they spotted the bear. The men, who officials said had bear hunting tags, fired on the animal and hit it in the abdomen. As the men approached the bear in a meadow where it had lain down, the animal awoke and grabbed Machado, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in a news release.

Jackson County

“To make sure something is dead, confirm it with the barrel,” said senior trooper Jim Collom of the OSP Division of Fish and Wildlife. “They thought it was dead because it was laying there. “It’s always good to go up with your gun and make sure it’s dead.” After grabbing Machado, Carlson said, the bear began biting Machado on the right side of his body injuring his right hand and arm, pulling the man into a hug. Machado and the bear rolled down a 50-foot embankment, with the bear continuing to bite Machado as they plummeted. Shinn ran after them, killing the bear with a rifle shot to the head. Shinn and the injured Machado then walked up a nearby ridge. – For complete article see http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121102/NEWS/211020340/-1/NEWSMAP

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Nebraska 11/02/12 York County: Two farmers reported seeing a mountain lion cross the road in front of them about four miles east of Thayer early Thursday afternoon. The sighting remains unconfirmed. – See http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/mountain-lion-reported-near-thayer/article_a176ea34-24f2-11e2-be7b-0019bb2963f4.html

South Dakota 11/02/12 Pennington County: Outdoor recesses were cancelled today at Rapid Valley Elementary School in Rapid City after a security camera captured a mountain lion walking across the school yard this morning. – See http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/mountain-lion-spotted-at-rapid-valley-elementary-school/article_af774c66-250e-11e2-b225-0019bb2963f4.html

Coyote Attacks:

Illinois 11/02/12 DuPage County: A Downers Grove resident at 5326 Meadow Lane saw his Havanese-breed dog carried off in the mouth of a coyote last month. Paul Neustadt said the attack occurred in his front yard. A week later, one of his neighbors found two coyotes eating a deer in her yard. – See http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2012/11/02/pet-dog-attacked-by-coyote-in-downers-grove-police-say/axi5bu7/

Illinois 11/02/12 Lake County: A 12-year-old Chihuahua-breed dog survived an attack by two coyotes yesterday in its owner’s yard in the Tiffany Farms subdivision of Antioch. The dog, which was hooked to a leash, suffered injuries to a back leg and paw. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8871173

West Nile Virus (WNV):

National 10/31/12 cdc.gov: Update – As of October 30, 2012, 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 4,891 human cases of WNV, including 223 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,498 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,393 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 4,891 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in October since 2003. Over 70 percent of the cases have been reported from 10 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado) and over a third of all cases have been reported from Texas. – For maps and details see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

Author’s Note: According to a report by Reuters news service published online, CDC officials have confirmed that the pace of this year’s WNV outbreak is slowing, though the numbers continue to grow. – See http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-usa-health-westnile-idUSBRE89U1IN20121031

California 11/01/12 Riverside County: Health officials have confirmed that a Palm Desert resident has tested positive for WNV. This is the 14th confirmed human case in the county this year. – See http://palmdesert.patch.com/articles/vector-control-palm-desert-resident-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus

California 10/30/12 San Diego County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in La Jolla is the first in the county to test positive for WNV.  The bird was found west of I-5 and south of La Jolla Cove. – See http://www.lajollalight.com/2012/10/30/crow-found-in-la-jolla-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/

Maine 11/01/12 maine.gov/dhhs: Update – Health officials have identified a human case of WNV neuroinvasive disease in Cumberland County. This is the state’s first ever locally-acquired case of WNV. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/13abc1fb6657232f

Rabies:

Georgia 10/31/12 Chatham County: A feral cat found in the vicinity of the Diamond Causeway in the Pin Point community has tested positive for rabies. – See http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2012-10-31/citizens-urged-take-precautions-against-rabies#.UJNEQ4Yt7WA

Georgia 10/31/12 Whitfield County: A 15-year-old pet cat that bit its owner has tested positive for rabies. Another person was also exposed to the virus. Due to the cat’s age and because it was normally kept indoors, the owner had not kept the cat’s vaccinations current. – See http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/19963080/two-in-whitfield-county-exposed-to-rabies-by-indoor-cat

New York 11/01/12 Clinton County: A skunk found in the Village of Keeseville has tested positive for rabies. This is the 3rd rabid animal found in the county in the last few weeks. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x1133193704/Another-rabid-skunk-confirmed-in-Keeseville

North Carolina 11/02/12 Orange County: A raccoon killed by dogs on Wednesday in the vicinity of Efland Cedar Grove and Harmony Church roads in Efland has tested positive for rabies. This is the 12th confirmed case of the virus reported in the county so far this year. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/02/2457285/orange-county-gets-12th-confirmed.html

North Carolina 11/01/12 Alamance County: A young cat found Wednesday in the Eli Whitney area of the county near the Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road has tested positive for rabies. Five people are being treated for exposure to the virus. On Thursday, a skunk found near Reid Road in the northern part of the county also tested positive for rabies. An unvaccinated dog was euthanized due to exposure to the virus. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/county-s-fifth-sixth-rabies-cases-confirmed-1.41874

North Carolina 10/31/12 New Hanover County: A fox that was killed by a vaccinated family dog on Seafarer Drive in Carolina Beach has tested positive for rabies.  This is the 20th rabid animal found in the county so far this year. – See http://pleasureisland.wect.com/news/families/59951-20th-case-rabies-nhc-identified-fox

Texas 10/30/12 Bexar County: Health officials have confirmed that six children at Pearce Primary School in the Southside Independent School District were exposed to a bat that tested positive for rabies. The school sent out a letter to parents regarding the incident. So far this year, the Metropolitan Health District says there have been 12 cases of rabies in the county, all in bats. – See http://www.woai.com/content/news/newslinks/story/6-children-exposed-to-bat-infected-with-rabies/QO_-whcuVEyLmUeVW1Sx0Q.cspx

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