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OREGON Fish and Wildlife begins hazing CORMORANTS to improve SALMON SMOLTS survival rate ~ CANADA: ONTARIO’s provincial capital of Toronto reports MAN diagnosed with RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, & VIRGINIA (2).

Double crested cormorant. Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Oregon 04/17/12 or.us: News Release – With hundreds of thousands of young salmon now making their way toward the ocean, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is ramping up efforts to make sure they get there and aren’t picked off by hungry birds along the way. For the next month and a half, volunteers assisting ODFW staff will haze cormorants to keep them from feasting on salmon smolts as the young fish run the gauntlet through five coastal estuaries on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Cormorants are large seabirds that inhabit Oregon’s estuaries during the spring and summer. They are voracious eaters and can consume up to two pounds of fish per day … roughly the equivalent of about 12 salmon smolts when the fish are released as juveniles from ODFW’s hatcheries at Tillamook, Nehalem, Hebo, Alsea and Coquille.

Salmon smolt

Cormorants have been identified by sportsmen’s groups and others as a potential threat the outbound migration of salmon and steelhead. Members of those organizations are assisting in the hazing program by providing manpower and equipment needed for daily hazing chores while ODFW provides fuel and oversight. Hazing generally consists of a person in a small boat interrupting the birds’ feeding patterns by driving toward them while they are in the water foraging for fish. At times, pyrotechnics are used to scare the birds away. “Cormorants will eat what’s most abundant,” said Lindsay Adrean, ODFW’s avian predation coordinator. “The idea is to move the cormorants towards the lower estuary and ocean where they will have many other kinds of fish to choose from.

Salmon smolts. Photo by Cacophony. Wikimedia Commons.

This also provides the salmon with extra time to disperse, making them less vulnerable to predation.” Volunteers will be working in Tillamook and Alsea bays and mouths of the Nehalem, Nestucca and Coquille rivers through the end of May. Manpower is being provided by the Port of Nehalem, Port of Bandon, North Coast Salmon and Steelhead Enhancement Fund, and Alsea Sportsmen’s Association.

Cormorants. Photo by Danielle Langlois. Wikimedia Commons.

In addition to improving salmon out-migration the hazing project will help ODFW gather baseline information about cormorant population trends and the effectiveness of hazing. It’s a tricky proposition, according to Adrean, because cormorants are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so extra care must be used to ensure the birds are not injured or killed. At the same time, cormorant populations have been increasing on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia River. Population surveys indicate there are about 2,300 cormorant breeding pairs in the estuaries between Tillamook Bay and the Rogue River, and 12,000 breeding pairs on East Sand Island. Researchers want to know how future changes in the distribution of cormorants might impact coastal salmon populations. “We hear a lot from people who think cormorants are having an impact, so that’s what we’re working on,” said Adrean. “We’re trying to find the right balance. That’s the key.”


ONTARIO 04/16/12 cbc.com: – A Toronto man is being treated for the first case of rabies in a human in the city in more than 80 years, CBC News has learned. The 41-year-old man had been working as a bartender in the Dominican Republic for four months. He had already reported symptoms at the end of last month in the Dominican Republic where he was seen three times at a resort clinic. His condition worsened to the point that he was having trouble swallowing and was afraid of food, water and even the air. He returned to Toronto a week ago by airplane. He was taken to hospital by police after behaving erratically at the airport. His symptoms worsened by April 11, and on April 12, samples were sent for testing. It was then determined he had rabies, a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system. Dr. Donald Low, the medical director of the public health laboratories at the arms-length government agency Public Health Ontario, said rabies in humans is rare.

The last case of rabies in a human in Ontario was an Ottawa valley girl in 1967. The last case in Toronto occurred in 1931 when a three-year-old girl contracted the virus. There have only been three cases of human rabies in Canada in the last 12 years. All of those people were bitten by infected bats. “There’s a good chance if you grow the virus, which is in the process of being done, you can fingerprint the virus,” said Low. “It can give you a clue as to where it might have come from — whether it came from a bat, whether it came from a skunk or a dog and also … there might be some evidence there to be able to say in hindsight that it came from an area similar to the Dominican Republic.”

The infected Toronto man is being treated in the neurological intensive care unit at Toronto Western Hospital. Human-to-human transmission of rabies is extremely rare, Low said, but the man’s family members are being treated with vaccines. Most people who show symptoms of rabies don’t survive. Those who do usually suffer severe neurological damage. Humans can be vaccinated against rabies before exposure to the virus. They are also vaccinated after contact, although immunization is recommended as soon as possible after exposure.

New York 04/16/12 northcountrynow.com: Potsdam, St. Lawrence County – Clarkson University Campus Safety and Security wants to find the owner of a dog that bit a woman Sunday at about 12:20 p.m. near the playing field on Clarkson Avenue so that they can confirm the dog’s vaccinations. The dog was white with black markings and a square nose (possibly a pit bull or pit bull mix), on a chain leash, walked by a man in his 20s. If the dog’s vaccinations cannot be confirmed, the person bitten will need to undergo a series a rabies shots. Call 268-6666 if you can assist in finding the dog or its owner.

North Carolina 04/16/12 Newton, Catawba County: Health officials have confirmed the county’s fourth case of rabies this year after two dogs fought with a raccoon that has tested positive for the virus. Two people were exposed to the dogs, which are now under quarantine. – See http://www.wbtv.com/story/17463542/dogs-fight-with-raccoon-later-diagnosed-with-rabies-in-catawba-co

Tennessee 04/16/12 Harrison Ferry Mountain, Warren County: A colony of about 50 feral cats has taken over a recycling center creating a potential health hazard and particular concern about aggressive cats and rabies. – See http://www.newschannel5.com/story/17465501/colony-of-feral-cats-takes-over-recycling-center

Virginia 04/16/12 Newport News & James City County: The Peninsula Health District says raccoons found near Mt. Pleasant Drive in James City County and Dean Ray Court in Newport News have tested positive for rabies. Those with information regarding exposure are urged to contact the agency at 253-4813. – See http://wydaily.com/local-news/8829-rabid-raccoon-found-near-mt-pleasant-drive.html

Virginia 04/16/12 Greensprings, James City County: The Peninsula Health District is looking for a short-haired, black and gray tabby cat that bit a person on April 13 near Braemar Creek at Greensprings in James City County. If the cat is not found, the victim may have to receive rabies prevention shots. Once found, the cat will not be taken away from its owner, according to the Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office. It will be placed on an in-home confinement period of 10 days, however. Anyone who has seen an animal fitting the description in that area is asked to contact the Williamsburg Area Environmental Health Office at 253-4813. After hours, call James City County Animal Control at 565-0730. The Health District recommends residents report all exposures, enjoy wildlife from a distance and make sure family pets are vaccinated and protected against the rabies virus. State law requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated between three and four months of age.

CALIFORNIA’s Griffith Park in LA scene of MOUNTAIN LION capture ~ SOUTHEASTERN states should consider COYOTES new players in DEER management ~ RABIES reports from CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, & VIRGINIA.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy National Park Service.

California 04/09/12 nps.gov: News Release – Biologists from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) captured a mountain lion in the Griffith Park area on March 28. After outfitting the lion with a GPS collar, recording measurements and collecting blood and tissue samples, biologists released the animal at the capture site. According to Wildlife Ecologist Seth Riley, an expert on urban wildlife with the National Park Service, it is significant for such a large carnivore to be discovered in an area so surrounded by urbanization. “It’s a testament to the health of the natural systems in the L.A. area, including Griffith Park, that the full complement of wildlife can persist here. It will be very interesting to see where this animal goes and how long he stays there.” Named P-22 (for Puma 22), the lion is male and approximately three years old. Scientists with the Griffith Park Wildlife Connectivity Study, conducted by Cooper Ecological Monitoring, Inc. and the U.S. Geological Survey, first spotted the lion on remotely triggered wildlife cameras in early March. The photos were the first known images of mountain lion activity east of Cahuenga Pass and within the Santa Monica Mountains eco-region.

Hollywood sign Mount Lee Griffith Park Los Angeles

Scientists with the Griffith Park Wildlife Connectivity Study alerted the mountain lion specialists at SMMNRA, part of the National Park Service, who captured the lion after nine days of trapping. P-22’s DNA will be analyzed at UCLA and UC Davis to provide information about where the mountain lion came from and how he might be related to other lions in the region. As part of a decade-long study, SMMNRA is currently tracking five mountain lions, from Point Mugu in the west, Los Padres National Forest in the north, to Griffith Park in the east. The goal of the study is to understand how mountain lions survive in such a fragmented, urban landscape and how best to conserve them. Mountain lions require ample acreage to find mates and sufficient food, often with “home ranges” of up to 250 square miles. Because Griffith Park is only a fraction of that size, scientists do not expect P-22 to stay in the park for an extended period of time.

Southeastern States 04/15/12 al.com: by Jeff Dute – Through its highly adaptable and predatory nature, the coyote appears to be inserting itself as a new player in future deer management strategies across the Southeast. Results from numerous recent studies across the region highlighted at this year’s Southeast Deer Study Group [PDF] meeting have shown that in localized instances, coyote predation on whitetail fawns is much higher than ever seen in the region. The question still remaining, according to wildlife biologists, is whether those impacts exist across all Southeastern landscapes to the point that they must be considered by private and public deer managers when setting overall herd-management goals. – For complete article see http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/04/coytoes_a_new_player_in_deer_m.html

California 04/13/12 Bakersfield, Kern County: Health officials are urging residents to get their pets vaccinated after a cat tested positive for rabies. The cat lived next door to woman who 500 bats living in the roof of her home but agencies say they can’t do much about it because the bat is a protected species. – See http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Rare-case-of-cat-rabies-discovered-near-bat-infested-house-147399905.html

Colorado 04/14/12 Fowler, Otero County: A skunk found in the vicinity of Eighth Street and Grand Avenue has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/news/x1830133045/Rabid-skunk-found-in-Fowler

New Mexico 04/15/12 Carlsbad, Eddy County: The recent rabies outbreak in the state has prompted at least one shelter to suspend efforts to trap feral cats due to risks associated with the TNR project. – See http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/usatoday/article/39046121?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Virginia 04/13/12 Petersburg: The local health department has issued a rabies alert after a feral cat that attacked a woman in the 2000 block of Mars Street in the Bunker Hill community tested positive for rabies. There is fear that other feral and domestic cats have been exposed. – See http://wtvr.com/2012/04/13/rabid-cat-attacks-petersburg-woman/

MASSACHUSETTS officials issue RABIES ALERT after a rabid RACCOON mixes with FERAL CAT colony ~ More RABIES reports from AL, CA, GA, NJ, NM, & NC ~ PENNSYLVANIA confirms state’s first case of WEST NILE VIRUS in a HORSE this year ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending March 24, 2012.

Raccoon. Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Massachusetts 03/30/12 Deerfield, Franklin County: Town officials are keeping an eye on Old Deerfield’s animals for any sign of rabies after a rabid raccoon was found mixing with feral cats near the Deerfield Inn. The town health agent and animal inspector, Richard Calisewski, said the rabid raccoon so far appears to have been an isolated incident. Nevertheless, he has interviewed or notified Old Deerfield residents and officials of Historic Deerfield, which owns the inn, and nearby Deerfield Academy. The cats that were seen with the raccoon March 15 have been captured and killed as a precaution, following state protocols, said Calisewski. – See http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/30/feral-cats-of-old-deerfield-not-infected-by-rabid-raccoon

Alabama 03/31/12 Moody, St. Clair County: Dr. Rachel Nelson, a veterinarian with Crossroads Animal Hospital, and three other staff members are receiving post-exposure prophylaxis rabies shots after coming in contact with a dog that has tested positive for rabies. The black Lab, which was nursing puppies, was euthanized last week. Nelson said the dog roamed freely in the Kelly Creek Road area of Odenville. Anyone exposed to the dog should seek medical advice. – See http://www.thestclairtimes.com/view/full_story/18049924/article-Dog-in-Moody-tests-positive-for-rabies?instance=home_right_bot

California 03/30/12 Monterey County: A dog and a skunk have tested positive for rabies, said the Monterey County Health Department. The dog from the North Monterey County area tested positive for rabies this week. At this time officials don’t know how the dog got rabies. A skunk from the North Monterey County area also tested positive this month. – See http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/17298955/several-rabbies-cases-reported-in-monterey-county

Georgia 03/30/12 Hall County: A rabies alert has been issued for the Old Orr Road area in South Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog Wednesday. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur and confirmed positive for rabies Thursday. This is the ninth confirmed case of 2012. – See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/65487/

New Jersey 03/30/12 Seaville, Cape May County: A pet was euthanized after being attacked by a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. It’s the first case of rabies in Upper Township since 2001. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/upper-township/upper-township/22993-pet-in-upper-township-euthanized-after-rabid-raccoon-attack.html

New Mexico 03/30/12 Carlsbad, Eddy County: Officials are trapping a colony of 21 feral cats in the 2400 block of Primrose Street after an entanglement with a skunk that tested positive for rabies. Dr. Paul Ettestad, State Public Health Department Veterinarian, told police they have about seven days to get all of the cats trapped before the virus becomes infectious. As of Friday morning, which was day three, six of the cats had been trapped. Moyers said all city animal control officers were out in the residential area trying to get all of the animals, setting 16 traps. – See http://www.currentargus.com/ci_20294355/search-is-feral-cats-exposed-rabid-skunk

North Carolina 03/30/12 Jacksonville, Onslow County: A fox that attacked and bit a pet in Richlands tested positive for rabies, according to an Onslow County media release. Laboratory tests performed by the State Health Department on March 20 on a fox that attacked and bit a vaccinated dog in the Hewitt Road area of Richlands came back positive for rabies, the release states. The dog received a booster rabies vaccine. – See http://www.jdnews.com/articles/-102257–.html

Pennsylvania 03/29/12 lehighvalleylive.com: West Nile virus has shown up in Northampton County, marking Pennsylvania’s earliest confirmed case in a season statewide since officials first detected the disease in 2000. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection this afternoon said officials were notified a horse from Lower Saucon Township had to be euthanized because it was suffering from the virus, which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. – For complete article see http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2012/03/lower_saucon_township_horse_eu.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending March 24, 2012:

Published March 30, 2012/ 61(12); ND-156-ND-169

Anaplasmosis . . . 5 . . . New York (3), Rhode Island (2),

Giardiasis . . . 105 . . . Alabama, Arizona (2), Arkansas (2), California (2), Florida (20), Idaho (3), Maine (5), Maryland, Massachusetts (4), Michigan, Missouri (4), Montana (2), Nebraska (8), Nevada (2), New York (16), Ohio (11), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (7), Washington (5), West Virginia (5), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  89. . .  Florida (2), Maine, Maryland (7), Massachusetts (2), New Jersey (33), New York (19), Pennsylvania (15), Rhode Island, Virginia (9),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . Missouri, Florida,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 51. . . Alabama, Arkansas (5), Maine (3), Missouri (2), New Hampshire, New York (9), Ohio (5), Texas (7), Virginia (17), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . California, New York,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 3 . . . Florida, New York, Tennessee.

CANADA: NEWFOUNDLAND officer shoots POLAR BEAR that beat in doors and windows on four homes ~ CALIFORNIA man claims BEAR rescued him when MOUNTAIN LION attacked ~ FLORIDA woman fails to save her DOG from hungry COYOTE ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, IN, NJ, NY, NC, & TX.

Polar Bear. Courtesy of U.S. Global Change Research Program.


Newfoundland 03/29/12 huffingtonpost.ca: by Sue Bailey – Fifty-five-year-old Louis Reardon got the shock of his life early Thursday when he leapt out of bed to his son’s cries of “Polar bear!” as a large male bear broke into their home in northern Newfoundland. “He had the door busted open to the dining room with his two front paws and his head in through the door,” Reardon said from tiny Goose Cove, just south of St. Anthony, N.L. “I mean, it frightened the wits right clean out of me, to be that close to a polar bear.” Reardon’s son Damien, 29, had heard a ruckus and flicked on the light to discover the animal. Polar bears are notoriously aggressive when cornered, and Damien slammed on a table trying to frighten the intruder as his father raced for a shotgun. “A polar bear doesn’t usually back down,” Louis Reardon said. “If he came in the house, God knows what he would have done before he went out.” His other son, his daughter, her three young children and her boyfriend had all been sleeping when the commotion started just after 4 a.m.

Louis Reardon said the bear was starting to retreat and he fired two shots over its head to frighten it. He didn’t want to risk wounding it and have it come back furious at him, he explained.Top of FormBottom of Form “I just fired over his head to drive him away. You don’t take chances on stuff like that.” His cousin, Daniel Reardon, said he was called soon after by wildlife officers who were trying to find Louis Reardon’s house. He said the bear beat in doors and broke windows at three other homes, and killed some sheep and ducks at a nearby stable without stopping to eat. “It seemed like it was killing for the sake of killing. It wasn’t hungry.” At one home, the bear “just broke the windows out of each side of the house and went on,” he said. “It seemed like he was in a bad mood.” Local RCMP say wildlife officers shot the bear, which witnesses estimate weighed at least 300 pounds or 135 kilograms. Louis Reardon said polar bears are occasionally spotted as they travel through the region, but he’d never heard of a similar attack. “Not like that, in my whole life,” he said. “It was pretty frightening. What was on my mind was the little kids in the house.”

California 03/27/12 paradisepost.com: by Trevor Warner – A Paradise man says he is lucky to be alive after an attack by a mountain lion Monday morning. Robert Biggs, 69, often hikes in the Bean Soup Flat area, which is about a mile and a half above Whisky Flats. He came across a mother bear, a yearling and a newborn, which were about 40 feet from where he was standing. After watching the bear family for a few minutes he decided to leave them be and turned to walk back up the trail. As he turned, a mountain lion pounced on him grabbing hold of his backpack with all four paws. “They usually grab hold of your head with all four paws, but my backpack was up above my head and (the mountain lion) grabbed it instead,” Biggs said. “It must have been stalking the little bear, but it was on me in seconds.” He wrestled with the cat, striking it in the head with a rock pick. The cat screamed when it was hit with the pick, but didn’t let go, Biggs said. Before he knew it, the mother bear came from behind and pounced on the cat, tearing its grip from the backpack. The bear and the cat battled for about 15 seconds, Biggs said, until the cat finally ran away. The bear went on its way as well. Biggs ended up with bite marks, scratches and bruises to his arm, but was otherwise uninjured. Biggs, a naturist, has hiked that same trail several times and has seen the mother bear and its cub last spring and fall. He said the encounters with the bears were friendly. – For complete article see http://www.paradisepost.com/news/ci_20269991/man-claims-attack-by-lion-saved-by-bear

Florida 03/28/12 Rotonda West, Charlotte County: Woman screams and chases a coyote into the woods by her home but fails to save her dog. See http://www.nbc-2.com/story/17279384/coyote-kills-family-dog-in-their-front-yard

Connecticut 03/27/12 Enfield, Hartford County: A skunk that had direct contact with a dog in the Thompsonville area of town last week has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabies incident in Enfield in the past five weeks. See http://enfield.patch.com/articles/rabid-skunk-found-in-thompsonville

Florida 03/28/12 Callaway, Bay County: A raccoon that had contact with a dog in the Hugh Drive vicinity earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. This is the fifth confirmed case of animal rabies in the county this year. See http://www.newsherald.com/articles/rabies-101506-bay-county.html

Indiana 03/27/12 Bloomington, Monroe County: A bat that bit an Indiana University student while he slept in his dorm room has tested positive for rabies. He, his roommate, and a pest control worker are all receiving post-exposure prophylaxis rabies shots. See http://www.indystar.com/article/20120327/NEWS/120327032/IU-student-bitten-by-rabid-bat-Bloomington-dorm?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

New Jersey 03/28/12 Helmetta, Middlesex County: A skunk that was killed by a vaccinated dog last week in the vicinity of John Street and Railroad Avenue has tested positive for rabies. Two residents who had contact with the dog after the incident have been advised to seek medical advice. See http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/dog_dies_in_middlesex_countys.html

New York 03/28/12 Martinsburg, Lewis County: A raccoon that was observed exhibiting unusual behavior last week was captured and has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.wktv.com/news/health/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-Martinsburg-144703945.html

North Carolina 03/28/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: Health officials have confirmed the fourth case of animal rabies in the county this year. Residents heard dogs barking near US 70 and St. Mary’s Road last week and discovered that a skunk was in the dogs’ pen. The skunk was shot and tested positive for rabies. The two dogs were not up to date on vaccinations and the owners opted for euthanization. See http://www.chapelboro.com/pages/12674895.php?

Texas 03/27/12 Amarillo, Potter County: Animal control officers are setting traps for feral cats after a woman was bitten by one last week that tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred in the vicinity of N. Pullman Road. The woman who was bitten and several others who were exposed are receiving post-exposure prophylaxis rabies shots. See http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/story.aspx?list=195065&id=735211#.T3PcndVsXWB

NORTH CAROLINA health officials order euthanization of 20 DOGS following expsosure to RACCOON with RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from GEORGIA, ILLINOIS, MARYLAND, & VIRGINIA ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending March 10, 2012.

Raccoon. Photo by Buenavista Township.

North Carolina 03/23/12 Mebane, Alamance County: A raccoon involved in a fight with three dogs has tested positive for rabies. None of the dogs were vaccinated. Two were euthanized along with 18 of their puppies. The third dog’s owner is paying all costs associated with a six-month quarantine at a veterinarian facility. See http://www.wxii12.com/news/30749984/detail.html

Georgia 03/23/12 North Hall, Hall County: A skunk that tangled with a dog in the Homestead Drive area has tested positive for rabies. This is the eighth confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=246795

Illinois 03/23/12 Godfrey, Madison County: Officials are looking for a pair of aggressive dogs, one of which bit a four-year-old child earlier this week in The Oaks subdivision. If the dogs are not located, the child’s parents will have to consider post-exposure prophylaxis rabies shots.  See http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/godfrey-67779-search-bit.html

Maryland 03/23/12 Hagerstown, Washington County: An adult male, brown-and-black tabby stray cat captured last week in the 300 block of Northern Avenue has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have come in contact with the cat needs to contact the health department. See http://www.herald-mail.com/news/local/hm-cat-captured-on-northern-avenue-tests-positive-for-rabies-20120323,0,2400963.story

Virginia 03/23/12 Williamsburg: A raccoon captured in the Heritage Pointe area of Ford’s Colony has tested positive for rabies. See http://wydaily.com/local-news/8691-rabid-raccoon-found-in-fords-colony.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending March 10, 2012:

Published March 16, 2012/ 61(10); ND-128-ND-141

Anaplasmosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Babesiosis . . . 2 . . . Maryland, New York,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Alaska, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 1 . . . Tennessee,

Giardiasis . . . 110 . . . Alabama (2), Arkansas, California (13), Florida (10), Georgia (2), Idaho (4), Indiana, Iowa (5), Maine, Maryland (6), Michigan (4), Missouri (2), Nebraska (3), New York (17), Ohio (12), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (7), Rhode Island (4), South Carolina (5), Vermont, Virginia (4), Washington (4),

Hansen Disease (Leprosy) . . . 1 . . . Florida, 

Lyme Disease . . .  125. . . Florida (4), Maryland (8), New Jersey (63), New York (22), Pennsylvania (25), Virginia (2), West Virginia, 

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . Maryland,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 28. . . Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, New York (7), Rhode Island, Texas (4), Vermont, Virginia (10), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 6 . . . Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee (3).

Ten MONTANA WILD TURKEYS killed by POX VIRUS ~ MAINE den of wild BLACK BEAR sow with two cubs on live video stream ~ OREGON WOLVES blamed for injuries to LIVESTOCK ~ CONNECTICUT reports rash of DOGS being attacked by COYOTES ~ CALIFORNIA confirms eight MICE test positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ MONTANA officials puzzled by MOUNTAIN LION that killed eight LLAMAS ~ NEBRASKA reports MOUNTAIN LION sighting ~ RABIES reports from GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA (2), SOUTH CAROLINA, & TEXAS ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending February 25, 2012.

Eastern Wild Turkey. Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Montana 03/09/12 helenair.com: State wildlife officials say 10 wild turkeys near the town of Olive in Powder River County have died of the avian pox virus. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the virus is most commonly contracted from domestic poultry. It is not always fatal, but in this case the “chicken pox” type rash broke out in the mouths and throats of the birds, preventing them from eating and drinking and impairing their breathing. Symptoms of infected birds are a rash on the legs or head, birds continually walking in circles or sitting in a roost tree for days without leaving. FWP State Veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey says there is no risk of infection to humans or livestock, but she does not recommend letting pets eat the carcasses of harvested turkeys.

Maine wildliferesearchfoundation.org: The Wildlife Research Foundation along with the cooperation of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has placed a live streaming video camera in the den of a wild Maine Black Bear named Lugnut who gave birth to two cubs on January 16, 2012. See http://www.wildliferesearchfoundation.org/

OR3, a 3-year-old male of the Imnaha pack.

Oregon 03/10/12 ktvl.com: A pack of wolves in Eastern Oregon that has drawn the ire of ranchers has been blamed for injuries to three cows, one of which was euthanized. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the cows found Thursday suffered hundreds of bite wounds that the department attributes to wolf bites. One of the cow’s calves is missing.  The department says the Eastern Oregon Imnaha wolf pack is to blame. A judge has blocked a kill order targeting two members of the pack. The most famous member of the pack, OR-7, achieved celebrity status by wandering hundreds of miles from Eastern Oregon and into Northern California looking for a mate. Another member of the pack, OR-9, was killed in Idaho last month by a hunter.

Connecticut 03/09/12 courant.com: by Katherine Ogden – Coyotes attacked and killed at least seven small dogs across Connecticut and injured several others during February, according to state and local wildlife officials. The deaths of two dogs in Simsbury were attributed to coyotes. Fairfield, Milford, Greenwich, South Windsor and Wallingford each had one dog reported killed by coyotes.

Deer Mouse. Common Hantavirus vector.

California 03/09/12 Escondido, Santee, and San Diego, San Diego County: Local health officials have confirmed that eight mice found recently in three communities have tested positive for hantavirus. See http://www.cbs8.com/story/17125304/several-mice-found-infected-with-hantavirus

Montana 03/10/12 Helena, Lewis and Clarke County: Federal wildlife officials that shot a 175 pound male mountain lion in late February are puzzled over why the lion killed as many as eight llamas in the Birdseye area but didn’t eat any of them. For complete article see http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/mountain-lion-s-kills-of-llamas-mystify-wildlife-officials/article_1fba2ebb-225f-5180-be1a-329c8faff94e.html

Nebraska 03/09/12 Wilcox, Kearney County: Unconfirmed report of a mountain lion attacking four dogs in their owner’s yard. See http://www.nebraska.tv/story/17126253/wilcox-man-spots-mountain-lion-on-property

Georgia 03/09/12 Canton, Cherokee County: Area residents are being urged to contact their medical care provider if they were exposed to a stray gray-striped kitten at The Riverstone Parkway Starbucks between February 22 and March 1. The kitten has since died and has tested positive for rabies. See http://woodstock.patch.com/articles/kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies-31ff70e6

North Carolina 03/10/12 Alamance County: A skunk killed by three dogs on Gilliam Church Road in northwest Alamance County has tested positive for rabies. One of the dogs was not up to date on shots and had to be euthanized. See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/confirmed-53322-county-case.html rule

Pennsylvania 03/09/12 Towamencin, Montgomery County: According to local health officials, a raccoon found last week in the 200 block of Trumbauer Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.thereporteronline.com/article/20120309/NEWS01/120309647/-1/NEWS/rabid-raccoon-identified-in-towamencin

Pennsylvania 03/08/12 Gardners, Adams County: A stray cat that attacked and bit a woman in her barn while feeding horses has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/gardners-woman-bit-by-rabid-cat/e02f7d2d7dff4e50af897259942d5be3

South Carolina 03/09/12 Lake Wateree, Kershaw County: An area woman exposed to a raccoon has been in the care of a physician since the animal tested positive for rabies. See http://www2.scnow.com/news/pee-dee/2012/mar/09/dhec-says-rabies-positive-racoon-found-kershaw-cou-ar-3382597/

Texas 03/10/12 Lindale, Smith County: A skunk found in the 13000 block of County Road 4200 has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.news-journal.com/woodcounty/life/rabid-skunk-found-in-lindale/article_7564fa2d-235b-55df-9177-a8ed85c02d43.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending February 25, 2012:

Published March 2, 2012/ 61(08); ND-100-ND-113

Anaplasmosis . . . 2 . . . New York (2),

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . Pennsylvania,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . New York, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 1 . . . Rhode Island,

Giardiasis . . . 100 . . . Alaska, Arkansas, Florida (20), Iowa, Maine, Maryland (2), Michigan (5), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada (3), New York (24), Ohio (15), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (5), Vermont (2), Virginia (3), Washington (11), Wyoming (2)

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . New York,  

Lyme Disease . . .  83. . . Florida, Maryland (4), Nevada, New Jersey (44), New York (17), Ohio, Pennsylvania (12), Virginia (3),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 21. . . Alaska, Arkansas (2), Florida (4), Missouri, New York (3), Virginia (10),

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . Tennessee,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 1 . . . Missouri, New York.

COLORADO jogger attacked by COYOTE ~ CALIFORNIANS say COYOTES are killing their CATS ~ SOUTH CAROLINA farmer losing LIVESTOCK to COYOTES ~ KANSAS confirms three DEER taken by hunters test positive for CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ CALIFORNIA county issues ALERT after MOUNTAIN LION sighted behind elementary school ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from FLORIDA ~ RABIES reports from CALIFORNIA, NEBRASKA, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, & TEXAS.

Coyote. Courtesy National Park Service.

Colorado 02/08/12 cbslocal.com: Two coyotes have been killed after one of them attacked a jogger in Boulder. Now wildlife officials are warning people that coyotes are becoming more aggressive. The attack happened Sunday on a bike path near 55th Street and Pearl Parkway. The jogger was treated for injuries and an open space ranger found and killed the coyote. Just a short time later a second aggressive coyote was reported nearby at 55th and Central Avenue. That coyote was also killed. Officials said the coyote appeared hungry and sick with mange.

California 02/07/12 Concord, Contra Costa County: Residents report that coyotes are killing cats in the Concord Blvd & Thornwood Dr. area. See http://blog.sfgate.com/incontracosta/2012/02/08/coyotes-are-killing-cats-near-concord-boulevard-thorwnood-drive-in-concord/

South Carolina 02/07/12 wspa.com: by Emily Pace – Sammy Brooks of Cherokee Farms in Belton used to only hear coyotes howling from a distance, but recently he has started seeing what these animals can do to his property. “I lost a calf a month ago and found a cow chewed up.” Brooks says in the last four years, at least six calves have been killed by coyotes. “We used to have no problem with them.”

It is unknown why the animals are moving closer to people’s homes.  Some experts believe that with the coyote population increasing, there may be less food for them to hunt in the wild. “You will see them occasionally crossing the fields and the pastures, but most of the time they’re nocturnal,” said Richard Whitfield. Whitfield has been trapping coyotes for 15 years in Anderson County.  He uses special equipment to catch the animals, and says it’s the most efficient way to get rid of the dangerous problem.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, coyotes can be killed anytime of the year.  A permit or license is not required by DNR to shoot the animal if it’s within 100 yards of a home, but some local municipalities prohibit discharging a firearm within the city or town limits. As for non-lethal methods of dealing with coyotes, Whitfield recommends building a fence around your property and keeping all pets and livestock as close to the residence as possible. “The big protection dogs are good.  You see people more and more putting those with their herds.” The non-lethal methods don’t always work.  Brooks has tried almost everything.  He is hoping as the public becomes aware of the issue, they will  take action, which will allow him to focus on caring for his livestock and not worrying if they’ll become a coyote’s next meal.

The DNR estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes across the state, and with the average coyote having five to seven pups a season, the problem can easily get out of control. Anderson County Council held a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue and ways to deal with coyotes.

Whitetail buck with CWD

Kansas 02/09/12 infozine.com: The number of cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) detected in Kansas deer continues to be low and is currently isolated to the northwest part of the state, according to Shane Hesting, wildlife disease coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Samples from three white-tailed bucks taken during this year’s hunting season were confirmed positive for CWD in tests completed last week. Counties where the deer were taken include Wallace (new county of detection), Decatur, and Rawlins. KDWPT will continue testing some vehicle-killed and sick or suspect-looking deer, as well as deer taken with depredation permits, through July 31. “This season’s testing results bring the total number of confirmed CWD cases in Kansas to 43 since testing began in 1996,” says Hesting. – For complete article see http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/50668/

California 02/08/12 Portola Valley, San Mateo County: According to a county alert, yesterday a mountain lion was spotted near the back fence of Corte Madera School. See http://halfmoonbay.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-sighting-at-portola-valley-school

Florida 02/08/12 Brooksville, Hernando County: Health officials confirm that a sentinel chicken located at the county sewer plant near US Hwy 19 & Osowaw Blvd. has tested positive for West Nile Virus. See http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2012/february/379936/Hernando-chicken-tests-positive-for-West-Nile-virus?cid=rss

California 02/09/12 Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County: A bat that has tested positive for rabies was found in a Sand Canyon-area garage last week. See http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/59696/

Nebraska 02/09/12 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County: A skunk that was shot near Lake Minatare this week has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7adf21985db049d9999558cdba283da7/NE–Rabid-Skunk/

North Carolina 02/09/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: A raccoon that was killed by a dog earlier this week in the vicinity of Borland & Old Woods Roads has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/17469774/article-Second-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies

Pennsylvania 02/08/12 Collegeville, Montgomery County: A raccoon picked up on the 200 block of Godshall Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120208/NEWS01/120209612

Texas 02/09/12 Denton, Denton County: Officials have issued an alert locally because a kitten on Azalea Street has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Denton-Man-Surrenders-Pet-After-Rabies-Warning-139051409.html