BLACK BEAR kills 4 GOATS and injures DONKEY in FLORIDA ~ CANADA: ONTARIO entomologist notes increase in TICKS that spread LYME DISEASE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from MS, NV, SD, & TX ~ RABIES reports from MD, & NCx2.

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.

Florida 07/02/13 news-journalonline.com: by Anthony DeFeo – Residents of a rural, wooded lane near Interstate 4 are on high alert after a bear went on the attack, killing four pet goats and injuring a miniature donkey. Cathy Murphy, who lives on Running Deer Trail (Lake Helen, Volusia County), said she’s shaken after losing several animals to what she described as a “very large” black bear late Sunday night. “We’re very, very distraught,” she said. “We’re very scared.” According to an incident report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Murphy called the agency at about 4 a.m. Monday after finding four of her goats dead in her yard and her donkey, Nugget, badly scratched up. Dan MacCarrick, who lives across the street, said he was awoken by the sound of his dogs barking late Sunday night. He went outside and saw the bear headed toward his barn before his dogs chased it away. He then discovered the injured and dead animals in Murphy’s yard. – See complete article at http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130702/NEWS/307029964/1040?p=1&tc=pg

Lyme Disease:

Canada:

227757Ontario 07/02/13 cbc.ca: An increase in the number of deer ticks in Northwestern Ontario, which can cause Lyme disease, has prompted the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to spend more time on that problem and less on trapping mosquitoes. Entomologist Ken Deacon says the risk of West Nile virus, carried by mosquitoes, is very low this year. So, starting Tuesday, the health unit is putting more resources into collecting and studying deer ticks, also called the black-legged tick. “The trend for the previous years has been from almost no ticks in 2005 to over a thousand ticks last year. I mean, we’re over 500 ticks now, and we’ve got the rest of the summer to go,” Deacon said.

Deer Tick.

Deer Tick.

In spite of the many ticks being caught for study, the prevalence of Lyme disease — the illness carried by some deer ticks — remains low in the Thunder Bay district, he said. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/07/02/tbay-ticks-lyme-disease.html

 

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Montgomery_County.MSMississippi 07/02/13 msdh.ms.gov: The state’s first WNV-related human fatality has been reported in Montgomery County. In addition, two new human cases of WNV have been reported, one each in Forrest and Wayne counties, bringing the state’s total human cases of WNV, including the fatality, to six so far this year. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93,586.html

clark cty NVNevada 07/02/13 Clark County: Mosquitoes trapped in the 89014 zip code area, which covers parts of Henderson, have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/water-environment/mosquitoes-carrying-west-nile-virus-found-henderson

BaffaloCounty_SDSouth Dakota 07/02/13 Buffalo County: Health officials have confirmed that a person in the 10 to 19 age group has been identified as the state’s first human case of WNV this year. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/13f9fd54cd7f9d05

harris cty TXTexas 07/02/13 Harris County: Mosquitoes trapped in the 77346 zip code area at a site in the northeast section of the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/West-Nile-mosquito-found-in-northeast-Harris-4642928.php

Rabies:

0714Raccoon_Procyon_lotor_4Maryland 07/02/13 Montgomery County: A dead raccoon found on June 27th in the yard of a resident of the 200 block of East Deer Park Drive in Gaithersburg has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon had fought with the resident’s two dogs.- See http://www.gazette.net/article/20130702/NEWS/130709795/1007/raccoon-in-gaithersburg-tested-positive-for-rabies&template=gazette

fox-and-raccoon-nibble2North Carolina 07/02/13 Columbus County: A fox captured in Hallsboro and brought to a county animal shelter after attacking a local man has tested positive for rabies. The man is being treated for potential exposure to the virus. In another incident, a raccoon that attacked a dog in Tabor City and was killed by the dog’s owner has also tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.whiteville.com/news/two-rabies-cases-reported-here/article_8889267a-e353-11e2-aee6-0019bb2963f4.html

10North Carolina 07/02/13 Cleveland County: A raccoon said to be displaying abnormal behavior that was reported on June 26th and seen on Myers Street in Kings Mountain has tested positive for rabies. Other rabies cases in the county this year included a fox in Lawndale and a raccoon in Kings Mountain in April, and a skunk in Kings Mountain and raccoon in Casar in May.– See http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/officials-raccoon-county-s-fifth-rabies-case-of-year-1.167169

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One response to “BLACK BEAR kills 4 GOATS and injures DONKEY in FLORIDA ~ CANADA: ONTARIO entomologist notes increase in TICKS that spread LYME DISEASE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from MS, NV, SD, & TX ~ RABIES reports from MD, & NCx2.

  1. I do not believe that the bear is the culprit. I live a block away from Running Deer.

    This behavior would be out of character for a black bear. The bear passes through our property without incident and we have animals as well.

    We also have neighbors who have a pony and have taken photos of the bear drinking from the pony’s water trough with the pony in the pen and with again, no incidence.

    I read in another news article that Cathy Murphy flat out said we do not have coyotes! What?! That is totally not the case. We do have coyotes. The attack seems more in line with a coyote than a Florida Black Bear.

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