PENNSYLVANIA confirms a third captive DEER linked to CWD cases escaped into the wild ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CO, & NE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, LA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from AZ, NY, & WIx2.

Whitetailed Buck. Courtesy National Park Service.

Pennsylvania 11/13/12 pennlive.com: by Marcus Schneck – Another deer linked to the captive herd in New Oxford, Adams County, where Pennsylvania saw its first two confirmed cases of the deadly chronic wasting disease over the past month, has been reported as escaped from a deer farm in Alexandria, Huntingdon County. The escapee – designated as Purple 4 in the state’s deer farming industry – escaped from the Gordon Trimer enclosure at 4794 Trimers Rd, Alexandria, according to Mathew Meals, deputy secretary of the state Department of Agriculture. He said prior to its escape into the wild “several months ago,” the deer was sold or otherwise transferred to Trimer from the Freedom Whitetails facility of Travis Rhodes at 694 Johnstown Road, East Freedom. Rhodes had acquired the deer from the Ronald Rutters herd at 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford. Meals noted that the Alexandria operation did not have the required license for operating a deer farm from Ag and the situation there is “under investigation by the department.”

Indications of an additional unlicensed operation surfaced at the second of three public meetings about CWD, last Thursday in York, when “a gentlemen stood up and said that he has deer and was not licensed,” said Meals. “He did not stick around long enough for us to get his information,” he added, but additional information about that potential site also is under investigation by Ag. The Alexandria and East Freedom deer operations, as well as 27 other sites in 16 counties, have been placed under quarantine because Ag’s “track back” efforts have determined that deer at those facilities came into contact with deer from the New Oxford enclosure, which also is under quarantine. – For complete article see http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2012/11/another_deer_linked_to_site_of_pennsylvanias_first_confirmed_case_of_chronic_wasting_disease_is_repo.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 11/13/12 Fort Collins: A state wildlife officer shot and killed a mountain lion on Sunday that got into a goat shed at a research laboratory on Colorado State University’s Foothills Campus. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20121113/NEWS01/311130026/Wildlife-officer-kills-mountain-lion-caught-at-CSU-Foothills-Campus?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|NEWS&nclick_check=1

Nebraska 11/14/12 Brown County: A deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion near Ainsworth over the weekend that he said was stalking him. An official investigation determined the hunter’s actions were justified given the cat’s behavior. – See http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2012/11/deer-hunter-shoots-mountain-lion-self-defense

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 11/13/12 Alachua County: Health officials are investigating the first three human cases of WNV reported in the county since 2003. The disease had been detected on Sept. 20 in sentinel chickens used by the department. – See http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121113/ARTICLES/121119857

Louisiana 11/09/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – The state’s worst year for WNV in a decade continues into the fall season, with state health officials reporting 12 new human cases and two deaths this week.There are five new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Allen (1), Avoyelles (1), Grant (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. There are six new West Nile fever cases reported this week, from Caddo (2), Jefferson (1), LaSalle (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. One new asymptomatic case was reported this week, from Bossier Parish. Louisiana has had 356 WNV cases, of which 146 are neuroinvasive disease, and 15 deaths, all of which occurred within two weeks of disease onset, thus far in 2012. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2692

Texas 11/13/12 Travis County: Health officials confirm two more people have died of WNV. Both were older than 50 years. This brings the county’s WNV-related death total to 5 this year. – See http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/two-more-west-nile-deaths-in-travis-co

Rabies:

Arizona 11/09/12 Maricopa County: A bat that bit a Southeast Valley girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20121109southeast-valley-girl-getting-rabies-vaccine-after-bat-bite-abrk.html?nclick_check=1

New York 11/14/12 Clinton County: A skunk killed by a resident on Jabez Allen Road in Peru has tested positive for rabies. This is the sixth animal found in the county this year that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x685220652/Sixth-rabid-animal-reported-in-Clinton-County

Wisconsin 11/13/12 Madison County: A skunk found on Hill Street in Comer, and a raccoon found on West Kellogg Drive in Danielsville, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/5668-Two-more-rabies-cases-reported-in-county.html

Wisconsin 11/12/12 Dane County: A dog that attacked another dog and bit the dog’s owner is being sought by Department of Public Health – Madison and Dane County officials. The department said the dog was attacked on Saturday at about 3 p.m. at the Brittingham Dog Park on West Shore Drive in Madison. A man was bitten as he tried to pry open the mouth of the dog biting his dog, according to health officials. The dog is described as a black or dark bridle bull mastiff or similar breed.  It’s possibly named Sully. The dog’s owner is described as a white woman in her mid-20s, short, with an average build and brown hair. If the dog is not located, the victim might have to take an expensive and painful series of shots to prevent rabies, according to health officials. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 608-255-2345.

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