WOLF chases IDAHOAN cyclist in CANADA’S YUKON TERRITORY ~ CANADIAN walks away from BLACK BEAR encounter in B.C. with minor scratches ~ Another ARIZONAN diagnosed with HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx5, CT, IDx2, IL, NYx2, OH, CANADA: ONT, & SASK. ~ RABIES reports from CA, FLx2, ID, MD, MT, NJ, NCx2, VA, & WI.

Grey wolf. Photo by Kristi Herbert. Wikimedia Commons.

Grey wolf. Photo by Kristi Herbert. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

Yukon Territory 07/11/13 newsminer.com: From a report by Rich Landers – Cyclist William “Mac” Hollan, 35, was halfway through his 2,750-mile bicycle trip to Prudhoe Bay when a gray wolf sprinted from the woods 60 miles west of Watson lake in pursuit of Hollan, apparently deciding the Sandpoint, Idaho, elementary school student-teacher looked like a reasonably decent dinner. Initially, Hollan believed he could out-race the wolf, but he soon discovered that would not be easy. Hollan even spritzed the wolf with bear spray several times, forcing the wolf to drop back 20-or-so feet, only to move up again in hot pursuit.

map05After the drivers of several vehicles slowed to observe the chase, but continued on without stopping, Hollan realized he was approaching a rather steep incline and knew he would be unable to maintain his slight lead much longer. It was at just about this time that Melanie Klassen of Grand Prairie, Alberta, happened upon the scene with her boyfriend towing an RV behind her orange Hummer. They stopped and Hollan says he “hurdled the handlebars” of his bike and made it to safety with only seconds to spare. – For complete article see http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/wolf-chases-cyclist-in-yukon-rips-up-tent-bag/article_15ab6e94-ea5e-11e2-9c49-001a4bcf6878.html

Author’s Note: A similar incident happened on June 8 in British Columbia when a wolf chased a motorcyclist on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. – See June 14, 2013 blog post: CANADA: WOLF chases motorcyclist in BRITISH COLUMBIA.

Canada:

bear-face235British Columbia 07/12/13 news1130.com: by Mike Lloyd and John Strell – A man carrying a bag of fast food near downtown Mission was lucky to walk away pretty much unhurt after he was attacked by a black bear yesterday. Elias Hart was taken completely by surprise while walking along a trail near Cedar Valley Connector and 6th Avenue. “I thought I was done! You hear about bear attacks but I never thought it would happen to me, right?” he tells News 1130. “I turned around to run and it knocked me down and then luckily, there was a fence there. So I grabbed onto the fence and started yelling at the bear as loud as I could.” Hart says he got up and started waving his arms at the bear; that’s when it swatted at his leg. “As I got up to turn around and run again, it kept chasing me and chasing me.” The bear gave up as they approached a busy road. Hart is stunned it happened so close to downtown Mission. – For complete article see http://www.news1130.com/2013/07/12/bear-attack-in-mission/

Author’s Note: According to a report by CBC, Conservation officers were trying to track the bear on Friday and said it will be destroyed if caught because it was so aggressive.

Hantavirus:

imagesCAWMH0VUArizona 07/10/13 Coconino County: A woman who lives in a southwestern area of the county and is the second county resident this year to be diagnosed with hantavirus is recovering. Officials are investigating where she might have contracted the disease, which is spread by rodents. A woman in Flagstaff died of the disease last month. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/2nd-hantavirus-case-confirmed-in-Coconino-County-4658054.php

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Bernadino Cty CACalifornia 07/12/13 San Bernadino County: Eight more mosquito samples from Ontario and Montclair have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_23649577/west-nile-virus-detected-ontario-and-montclair

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 07/12/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District: Sacramento County:  35 dead birds and 80 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. 1 human case has been reported by the California Department of Public Health. Yolo County: 13 dead birds and 76 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. – See http://www.fightthebite.net/2013/07/12/2588/

San_Diego_County_CACalifornia 07/12/13 San Diego County: A dead crow found near Lakeside has tested positive for WNV. – See http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/13589

Tulare_County.CACalifornia 07/11/13 Tulare County: Mosquitoes and birds have been found in the county that have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.recorderonline.com/articles/nile-57666-tulare-virus.html

Los Angeles Cty CACalifornia 07/10/13 Los Angeles County: Three dead crows collected last week in Arcadia and Covina have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23630349/west-nile-virus-detected-dead-birds-found-two

Fairfield cty CTConnecticut 07/12/13 Fairfield County: Mosquitoes trapped in Norwalk on July 2nd have tested positive for WNV. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/13fd3913e2aa729c

Ada cty IDIdaho 07/10/13 Ada County: A pool of mosquitoes collected near the intersection of Beacon Light Road and Linder Road in Eagle has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.ktvb.com/news/health/West-Nile-virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-Ada-County-215001931.html

Idaho-map-showing-Canyon-CountyIdaho 07/09/13 Canyon County: Mosquitoes trapped near Highway 95 and the Boise River, Roswell Marsh and Roswell Cemetery, as well as at two sites on Ballard Lane in Middleton and Channel Road east of Caldwell have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.idahopress.com/news/west-nile-virus-present-at-canyon-county-sites/article_46d25820-e8fb-11e2-a6c7-001a4bcf887a.html

Cook cty ILIllinois 07/12/13 Cook County: Mosquitoes trapped at two different locations in Glenview have tested positive for WNV. – See http://glenview.suntimes.com/news/21283824-418/west-nile-virus-found-in-glenview.html

rockland cty NYNew York 07/12/13 Rockland County: A batch of mosquitoes trapped in Ramapo have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.lohud.com/article/20130711/NEWS03/307110092/Briefs-West-Nile-virus-detected-Ramapo-more?nclick_check=1

onondaga cty NYNew York 07/10/13 Onondaga County: Mosquitoes collected at the Minoa Sewage Treatment Plant on Kalin Drive in Manlius on June 28 have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/07/post_861.html

franklin cty OHOhio 07/11/13 Franklin County: Mosquitoes trapped in Hamilton Township this week has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/07/10/County-finds-West-Nile-virus-in-mosquitoes.html

Canada:

PeelRegion_OntarioOntario 07/12/13 Peel Region: Two mosquito batches collected in Mississauga have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mississauga.com/community-story/3890642-mosquito-batches-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-applewood-streetsville/

logoSaskatchewan 07/12/13 Sun Country Health Region: A pool of mosquitoes trapped in the southern part of the province has tested positive for WNV. – See http://regina.ctvnews.ca/mosquitoes-in-southern-sask-test-positive-for-west-nile-1.1364721

Rabies:

HelpCalifornia 07/12/13 Yolo County: The Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for two dogs following an apparently random Chihuahua attack Friday morning in Esparto. According to a news release, a man was bitten at around 7:30 a.m. “by one of two small-sized white-and-tan long-haired Chihuahua mix dogs which charged at the victim from an empty lot in the area of the 25000 block of Duncan Drive.” The dogs ran off and were last seen heading northward from that area. The unidentified man was not seriously injured. However, county officials said, “Finding the offending animal may prevent post-exposure rabies treatment for the victim” – a treatment which can involve a painful series of shots. Anyone with information on the Esparto Chihuahuas is asked to contact the county Animal Services Section at 668-5287 or at animal.bite@yolocounty.org. – See http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_23649905/county-seeks-chihuahua-rabies-test-following-esparto-attack

thumbnailCA6WGA0CFlorida 07/11/13 Seminole County: Health officials have confirmed that a Rabies Alert has been issued for the Geneva area after a bobcat tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2013/7/11/rabies_alert_issued_.html

imagesCADRKS47Florida 07/10/13 Palm Beach County: A sickly feral cat that bit and scratched two women who were putting out food for birds and stray cats in Palm Springs on July 3rd has tested positive for rabies. The women apparently did not report the incident until one of them returned three days later and found the cat that bit them had died. The cat roamed in the area east of Congress Avenue and west of Florida Mango between Forest Hill Boulevard and 10th Avenue North. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/breaking-news/women-exposed-to-rabies-after-feeding-stray-cat-in/nYk37/

Congress-Avenue-Bridge-BatsIdaho 07/10/13 Valley County: A bat that attached itself to the life jacket of a woman rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, an injured bat that was brought into a resident’s home in the county by a vaccinated cat also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Rabid-bat-lands-on-Salmon-River-floater-tests-positive-for-rabies-214978921.html

15567NPSMaryland 07/11/13 Frederick County: Two foxes found in Thurmont within the last week have tested positive for rabies. The first fox attacked a man between Thurmont and Graceham on July 4th, and the second fox was involved in a fight with dogs on Meadow Lane on July 8th. – See http://your4state.com/fulltext?nxd_id=317252

BatsNetcoreCanadaMontana 07/11/13 Lewis & Clark County: For the second time this year, a bat found at the Holter Lake Campground in Wolf Creek has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kxlh.com/news/rabies-confirmed-in-2nd-bat-captured-at-holter-lake-campground/

catandraccoon - CopyNew Jersey 07/10/13 Atlantic County: A domestic cat that scratched and bit two residents in their Egg Harbor Township home on Saturday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/22811111/cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-after-attacking-two-people

neverbarehandedsmNorth Carolina 07/10/13 Cumberland County: A dead bat found in the kitchen cabinet of a Cypress Lake family’s home has tested positive for rabies. The entire family is being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9168579

111009110345_Raccoon3 - CopyNorth Carolina 07/10/13 Montgomery County: A raccoon that attacked and bit a man several times while he was walking his dog in Pee Dee has tested positive for rabies. A fox that was shot in the vicinity of a residence in Star for showing aggressive behavior has also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.montgomeryherald.com/news/article_54d0d9bc-e96c-11e2-84a2-0019bb2963f4.html

5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingVirginia 07/10/13 Isle of Wight County: A fox that bit a 70-year-old woman, a sheriff’s deputy, and a cat in the vicinity of Waterworks Road last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/isle-wight-fox-has-rabies

road_sign_need_helpWisconsin 07/11/13 Sheboygan County: Sheboygan police are seeking the owner of a dog that playfully bit a woman Tuesday evening on Michigan Avenue (in the City of Sheboygan) to determine whether the dog has rabies. Police said in a news release Thursday that the dog, described as a tan and white pit bull, or similar breed, bit a woman at about 7:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Michigan Avenue. The woman told police she was bit on the arm after kneeling down to greet the dog, which was on a leash. The woman described the bite as playful. The dog’s owner, or anyone with information on the incident, should contact the Sheboygan Police Department, at 920-459-3333. – See http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20130711/SHE0101/307110196/Sheboygan-police-seek-owner-dog-bit-woman-Tuesday

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