California 02/02/14 latimes.com: by Samantha Schaefer – Baited traps have been set to catch a mountain lion that apparently attacked a homeless man in Perris early Saturday, according to wildlife officials. A 50-year-old homeless man was taken to the hospital about 8 a.m. Saturday with lacerations, puncture wounds and bite marks at the base of his skull, injuries consistent with a mountain lion attack, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Law enforcement officers and biologists scoured the area but were unable to locate the animal. The department does not have the capabilities to track the animal but at least two baited traps have been set, said CDFW Lt. Patrick Foy. The lion will be killed in the interest of public safety if it is found, he said. Forensic evidence will also be collected to match it to the victim, if possible.
This is the first such incident to happen in the Perris area, and attacks on humans are “very, very rare,” Foy said. The man, who may have been attacked several hours earlier, walked from a homeless encampment near Highway 74 west of the 215 Freeway to the nearest residence to call 911, Foy said. Officials are still waiting to interview the victim, who had surgery Saturday night and is in unknown condition. This would be the 15th verified lion attack on humans in California since 1986 if the incident is confirmed, the department said. The last fatal attack was in January 2004 at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County. In July 2012, a 63-year-old man survived a lion attack in Nevada County. – For complete article and map marking site of attack see http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mountain-lion-attacked-man-perris-20140202,0,7490597.story#axzz2sCxsUShm
Colorado 01/30/14 dailycamera.com: by Mitchell Byars – State wildlife officials say a mountain lion killed at least one dog as well as another cougar in Boulder Canyon near Nederland this week. Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said a man who lives on Magnolia Road found his pet Doberman and a mountain lion dead on his property Tuesday. Churchill said the dog was often let loose on the property. “We want to remind people that lions will go after unattended dogs, especially in areas where there are deer,” Churchill said. “We do have lions that will key in on pets, since they are easier prey than deer, so keep them safe.” As for the other mountain lion, Churchill said it was a previously collared animal that was part of the state’s study program. She said not much is known about why mountain lions would attack each other. “It’s something that has come up a couple times in the study,” she said. “We’re always getting new information from the study about how lions interact with each other.”
Churchill said there have been other reported incidents of dogs going missing in the area, and there was also a dog killed south of Nederland that may have been a victim of the same mountain lion. Abe Russell said his 6-year-old English bulldog, Tank, was killed by a mountain lion Monday. On Monday morning before he went to work, he said, he did not see or hear his dog Tank. Russell said he and his Great Dane went looking for Tank, but about 40 feet from his house he turned the corner to find a large mountain lion had leaped the fence into his backyard and was just a few feet away with Tank’s body. “It was pretty traumatic,” Russell said. “To not notice it and to walk up to within 4 feet of one is terrifying.” Russell said he wanted to back up, but his Great Dane started to bark at the cougar and he was worried the lion would kill her, too. So he picked up a stick and jabbed the lion in the neck until it ran off. It was a frightening experience for Russell, who said he had never seen a mountain lion in his nearly 10 years living on Magnolia Road. “It’s one thing to know you live in mountain lion territory and another thing to know there is one here right now and hunting,” Russell said. Churchill said that because the mountain lion has not attacked a human, officials are not now looking to relocate it. – For complete article see http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_25031479/cougar-prowl-near-nederland
Idaho 01/28/14 krem.com: A Boise man threw rocks at a mountain lion after it attacked his dogs Monday afternoon in the Boise foothills, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The incident happened as the man rode his mountain bike near the popular Corrals Trail and Hard Guy Trail (in the Boise Foothills) just after 2:00 p.m. That’s when the lion reportedly jumped from behind a bush and began mauling the man’s two dogs as he trailed them behind the bike off leash. Fighting back, the man began to throw rocks at the cat, eventually stunning the aggressive creature with a larger rock. According to reports, the man was able to carry one of the injured dogs back to his vehicle, where he found his other dog waiting. IDFG officers say the man called 911 to report the attack immediately. Fish and Game educator Evin Oneale said the mountain lion was described as “emaciated,” and was likely desperate for food. – For complete article, photo gallery and video see http://www.krem.com/video/featured-videos/242466461.html
Illinois 02/01/14 geneva.il.us: In response to numerous reported sightings of coyotes in neighborhoods around the city of Geneva, including some attacks on pets, officials are providing some tips on ways to make coyotes feel unwelcome. The biggest tip is do not feed the coyotes either intentionally or by accident. About 90 percent of a coyote’s diet is small mammals, but they also will eat birds, snakes, insects, fish, fruit and vegetables. They can be attracted to bird and squirrel feeders, bread that is fed to ducks and geese, pet food that is left outside and other unintentional food sources. Therefore:
- Keep pet food and food and water dishes inside, especially at night.
- Keep grills and barbecues clean. Even the smallest food scraps may attract a coyote.
- Do not keep garbage cans outside if possible or at the very least, make sure the containers have tight-fitting lids.
- Make sure ripe fruit and vegetables are picked from gardens.
- Stop feeding other wildlife or at the very least, do not allow spillage to accumulate outside of the feeders.
- When coyotes find these types of food sources in residential areas, they may lose their fear of humans and eventually test both people and pets as prey.
For further information see http://www.geneva.il.us/index.aspx?nid=629
Pennsylvania 02/01/14 Montgomery County: A skunk killed by two unvaccinated pet dogs in the 1000 block of Bell Lane in Maple Glen has tested positive for rabies. The dogs must be euthanized or placed under quarantine for six months. – See http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2014/02/01/ambler_gazette/news/doc52ec0630aeb31667534474.txt