MISSOURI confirms 39th MOUNTAIN LION sighting since 1994 ~ CANADA: University of CALGARY professor dies after brief bout with INFLUENZA A H1N1 ~ RABIES reports from AL, FL, MD, SC, TXx2, & VA.

Mountain lion. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Mountain lion. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Missouri 02/15/13 semissourian.com: by Keith Lewis – The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed the sighting of another mountain lion earlier this month, bringing the number of confirmed sightings in the state to 39 since 1994. The latest verification comes from a photo taken Feb. 2 in the Peck Ranch Conservation Area, a wildlife refuge operated by the department in portions of Carter and Shannon counties. “The presence of that mountain lion was documented by a trail-cam photo,” said Candice Davis, spokeswoman for the department’s Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau. “That’s the best evidence we can get.” An elk calf carcass bearing signs of a mountain lion attack also was found. Conservation officials started bringing elk into Peck Ranch as part of an elk restoration effort that began in 2011.

Missouri Department of Conservation trailcam photo taken Feb 2 at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

Missouri Department of Conservation trailcam photo taken Feb 2 at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

According to information on the department’s website, three counties in Southeast Missouri have the state’s highest number of confirmed mountain lion sightings. Shannon County leads with six, Reynolds County has five and Carter County has four. The confirmations there and in 20 other counties across the state have been exclusively of the sub-adult male of the species, which may provide a clue as to why the mountain lions are finding their way to Missouri. “It’s their nature to take off,” said Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist at the conservation department and the chairman of the agency’s Mountain Lion Response Team. “The sub-adult male is known to go a long way from home in search of food or a mate, particularly if there is competition in their native habitat that forces them to do so.” –                                                                                                              For complete article see http://www.semissourian.com/story/1941421.html

H1N1:

CANADA:

imagesCAS0K34RAlberta 0/17/12 ctvnews.ca: Dr. Margo Husby, a senior instructor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Communication and Culture, has passed away. Family members confirmed to CTV Calgary, Husby’s death on February 13, 2013, followed a brief battle with the H1N1 virus . . . According to Alberta Health Services influenza surveillance report, in the sixth week of 2013, there were 10 cases of hospitalized influenza in Alberta involving Influenza A (H1N1). – See http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/university-of-calgary-professor-succumbs-to-h1n1-virus-1.1160300

Rabies:

angry%20racAlabama 02/15/13 Baldwin County: A raccoon captured in the Magnolia Springs/Foley area after exhibiting strange behaviors including diurnal activity and aggression has tested positive for rabies. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/rabies_diagnosis_confirmed_in.html

please-call-me-graphic-for-orkut-facebookFlorida 02/13/13 Sarasota and Manatee counties: Fourteen-year-old Lexi Lamb only wants answers about the dog that bit her. “I hate needles so much. Especially like the ones I am going to have to have for rabies shots,” Lamb told ABC Action News Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday night Lexi rode her bike along a path behind the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. As she went to turn toward her parents’ business she spotted a dog behind her. “Next thing I knew the dog was on top of me and it was not stopping. I had my face in the ground to keep it away from the dog and I looked right up and it got me in the face,” she said. Witnesses said the dog described as a Saint Bernard was pulled off of Lexi by its owner who offered help, but then left. “We don’t want to hurt either one of them. We just want to know the history of the dog so that the last thing Lexi needs to go through is rabies shots,” said her mom Jacquie Schlitter. Lexi is preparing for a 12-hour-straight bike race this weekend and only wants to be sure she is healthy so she can compete. “We have a dog ourselves and we are dog lovers, but we need to find out who you are and who the dog is just so she does not have to go through this anymore,” said Schlitter. If you have any information on the dog or the dog’s owner you are asked to call Manatee Animal Services at 941-742-5933. – See video at http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_sarasota_manatee/bradenton/girl-bit-by-unknown-dog-will-need-rabies-shots-if-dog-is-not-found

rabidcatMaryland 02/17/13 Frederick County: An adult male cat with long black hair that was found in Middletown along Holter Road near the Hollow Creek Golf Course has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have been in contact with the cat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/displayUpdate.htm?StoryID=146995#.USGvQ2cp9NI

South Carolina 02/14/13 Laurens County: A skunk that attacked a woman in the city of Laurens earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. After kicking it aside three times, she went for a gun from inside the house, shot the animal, and delivered it to a local veterinarian. This is the second reported Skunk%20noseskunk attack in the vicinity within a week. – See http://www2.wspa.com/news/2013/feb/14/veterinarian-skunk-attacks-laurens-woman-tests-pos-ar-5595551/

Texas 02/14/13 Lubbock County: A striped skunk found Feb. 4th in the NE corner of the City of Lubbock has tested positive for rabies. – See http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-02-14/skunk-lubbock-test-positive-rabies-other-animals-might-be-infected#.UR8qtWckRNI

1087535980Texas 02/08/13 Cameron County: by Allen Essex – The city of South Padre Island is working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to distribute vaccination bait that prevents coyotes that eat the material from contracting the canine form of rabies, city officials said in a statement. The bait was distributed Friday morning by city workers in areas of the city where coyotes normally travel, officials said. – See http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_c322e96c-726d-11e2-88d9-0019bb30f31a.html

MissouriDeptConservationVirginia 02/09/13 Smyth County: A raccoon found in the Grubmore Road area of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tricities.com/swvatoday/news/smyth_county/article_062085dc-7249-11e2-a6bb-001a4bcf6878.html

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