CANADA: WOLF chases motorcyclist in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ GUATEMALAN immigrant dies of RABIES in TEXAS ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: BLACK BEAR shot by ALASKA trooper killed Fairbanks man ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from CALIFORNIA ~ Other RABIES reports from OH, SC, & WI.

Gray wolf. Photo by North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture.

Gray wolf. Photo by North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture.

Canada:

British Columbia 06/13/13 cbc.ca: A Banff, Alberta., man came within metres of being caught by a wolf, but luckily he was on his motorcycle during the close call on a highway, where he also snapped photos of the chase. Tim Bartlett was testing out his new bike on the highway from Lake Louise to Radium on Saturday when the wolf crossed a lane of traffic while attempting to catch up to him. “It sort of sped up initially; it gave a real good burst of speed,” said Bartlett. “And then after that it just trotted along beside me, but it probably got 991_1within three or four metres.” Bartlett was able to take some pictures before heading roughly 100 metres down the highway and coming to a stop. When he looked back, the wolf had stopped in the middle of the road before heading back into the nearby forest. Bartlett said he wasn’t trying to provoke the animal, but was happy with the outcome. “I got six really good shots and … the one that came in nice and close, he had his ears pinned right back and he was in full gallop,” he said. – For complete article and photos see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/06/12/calgary-wolf-banff-motorcycle-ob.html

Author’s Note: According to another report, the incident took place on Highway 93 South in Kootenay National Park. – See http://www.banffcragandcanyon.com/2013/06/12/wolf-chases-banff-motorcyclist

Human Rabies Fatality:

rabies%20killsTexas 06/12/13 sfgate.com: An immigrant from Guatemala died while in U.S. custody from what doctors diagnosed as rabies, immigration officials said Wednesday. Federico Mendez-Hernandez, 28, died Tuesday at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended Mendez-Hernandez on May 9 after he entered the country illegally near Hidalgo. On May 18, he was taken to a Kingsville hospital after showing rabies-like symptoms. He was transferred the next day to the hospital in Corpus Christi. The rabies diagnosis was confirmed Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ICE said. Tests indicated it was a canine Dog_1rabies virus variant common in Central America. He showed no symptoms when apprehended and officials believe he contracted the disease before entering the country. Health officials are investigating who may have come into contact with Mendez-Hernandez in the United States. Alba Caceres, Guatemala’s consul in McAllen, Texas, said Wednesday that she was at the hospital Tuesday when the decision was made to take Mendez-Hernandez off life support. She said he had entered a coma within a couple days of displaying rabies symptoms. She said doctors conducted two additional tests Tuesday that showed no brain activity before the decision was made to end life support. Guatemalan officials have contacted his family but will await an autopsy before repatriating the body, Caceres said. The family authorized the autopsy and was on the phone when he was disconnected from life support Tuesday, she said.

Follow-Up Report:

(See – 64-year-old ALASKAN killed by BEAR posted June 10, 2013)

AKdfgAlaska 06/11/13 newsminer.com: by Tim Mowry – Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday confirmed that the adult male black bear shot by a trooper shortly after  a bear mauling at a remote lake near Delta Junction was the bear that killed a Fairbanks man last week. Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said remains of the victim, 64-year-old Robert Weaver, were found in the bear’s stomach during a necropsy performed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks on Friday. Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday confirmed that the adult male black bear shot by a trooper shortly after  a bear mauling at a remote lake near Delta Junction was the bear that killed a Fairbanks man last week. Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said remains of the victim, 64-year-old Robert Weaver, were found in the bear’s stomach during a necropsy performed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks on Friday. – For complete article see http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/alaska-troopers-bear-killed-at-lake-fatally-mauled-fairbanks-man/article_d6dbcd66-d2f8-11e2-91e0-001a4bcf6878.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Solano_County.CACalifornia 06/12/13 Solano County: Public health officials have confirmed that an American crow found dead inside the Fairfield city limits tested positive for the WNV. This is the first confirmed WNV case in a bird found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_23441719/west-nile-virus-remains-active-solano-county

Rabies:

Bat%20SketchOhio 06/12/13 Clark County: A bat found in the home of a Springfield family last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/rabid-bat-captured-in-clark-county/nYJg9/

thumbnailCAVHF09ESouth Carolina 06/12/13 Spartanburg County: A fox that bit a man in the Enoree area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wbtw.com/story/22573683/fox-exposes-spartanburg-county-man-to-rabies

HelpCardWisconsin 06/11/13 Wood County: Wisconsin Rapids police and the Wood County humane officer want city residents to be on the alert for what they say is a dangerous dog. A 7-year-old St. Bernard bit a 12-year-year old girl while she was riding her bicycle in the 400 block of 15th Avenue North, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department. A concern in the case is that the dog’s rabies tags are expired, Wisconsin Rapids Lt. Kevin Schwartz said. Because the immunization is not current and the dog hadn’t been found as of Tuesday afternoon, the girl was going to have to get rabies shots. If caught, the dog would be observed for 10 days. The dog, brown and white, ran away from its owners and has been coming and going from the residence, according to the news release. The Police Department posted a notice about the incident on its fan page on Facebook page Monday evening, Schwartz said. The posting got more than 6,000 views, but no one has seen the dog, he said. “The dog might be hidden somewhere,” he said. If people see the dog, they should call the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department at 714-423-4444 and, if possible, keep it in sight. Schwartz advises people not to try to catch the dog. People can provide anonymous tips to Wood County Crime Stoppers via text at 274637 and start the message with WCCS. People also can go to the Wood County Crime Stoppers website, www.woodcountycrimestoppers.com, and send a tip or call 877-325-7867. They can remain anonymous on any of the tip options and still be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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