California 03/02/11 dailydemocrat.com: by Geoff Johnson – There are a lot of ways to stop a Yolo County coyote. A rancher might start with a sturdy fence. He could electrify it. Or he could add “propane guns,” loud, gas-powered noisemakers designed to scare off wildlife. Jim Yeager’s tried everything from leaving late-night talk radio blasting in the pasture to counting sheep all night. After five decades of ranching, he’s learned that given enough time, a coyote will learn to get around all these things. So he’s found some of the best help grass can buy — Jennifer the donkey and Socks the llama — to guard his sheep on the outskirts of West Davis. ”All I know is we don’t lose sheep to coyotes and dogs anymore,” Yeager said. ( For complete article go to http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_17518329 )
Florida 03/02/11 palmbeachpost.com: by Danielle A. Alvarez – Officials on Wednesday confirmed the second case of locally acquired dengue fever, according to information from the Miami-Dade Health Department. The second person to get the viral disease was not identified but has fully recovered, according to officials. The first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years was found in November. Dengue fever is not spread person to person. The disease is transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the Southeastern U.S. and the tropics. To find out more information on dengue fever, repellants suitable for small children and how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, visit http://www.cdc.gov/dengue or http://www.dadehealth.org .
Florida 02/26/11 news-journalonline.com: by Will Hobson – An estimated 80,000 feral cats occupy colonies and roam through Volusia County, a furry problem which the county’s Animal Control Advisory Board says cost county residents $2.8 million from 2008 to 2010. The board recently finished a study of how to reduce Volusia’s free-roaming cat populace, and decided to follow in the paw prints of its peers in Jacksonville and Orange County. The board will pick a nonprofit organization, or form one, to coordinate a countywide effort to trap, neuter and return feral cats back into the wild. The practice, often referred to as TNR, is disputed by some who question its effectiveness and say it does little to prevent harm to birds and other creatures killed by the cats. Both sides admit, however, that there probably is no panacea to the feral cat problem. The animal control board concluded TNR is the way to go after completing a study that Animal Control Director Becky Wilson presented to the County Council at its last meeting. Wilson called the 80,000-cat estimate “conservative.” The study estimated the cost of the feral cat problem based on data from Halifax Humane Society’s and Southeast Volusia Humane Society’s shelters. The two shelters, which contract with the county and most Volusia cities for animal intake and care, took in 32,974 cats between 2008 and 2010, and charged municipalities and citizens $87 per cat. The shelters euthanized 27,438 cats over that time period, or 83 percent of their intake. ( For complete article go to http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volusia/2011/02/26/feral-cats-cost-volusia-residents-28-million-study-says.html )
Iowa 03/02/11 topix.com: State officials are standing by a decision to kill a small herd of elk in northeast Iowa to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease to other livestock diseases to deer. The Department of Natural Resources believes the elk escaped from captivity and pose too great a threat, despite a growing number of fans. Dale Garner is the department’s wildlife bureau chief. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says he told a crowd of about 100 people at a meeting in Waukon (waw-KAHN’) on Tuesday that officials are required to eradicate free-roaming elk. Garner says if the owner can’t be found, an elk will be killed. In the past three weeks, officials have killed three elk. At least two others are along the Yellow River in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County.
New Jersey 03/01/11 shorenewstoday.com: A rabid raccoon found in Northfield is the fourth confirmed case of animal rabies in Atlantic County this year, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health. All were raccoons. In the Northfield case, a Herzel Avenue resident reported that a raccoon that appeared sickly had wandered out of the woods onto his property during the day Feb. 18. An animal control office captured the raccoon, and it died a short time later. The raccoon was sent to the state lab for testing, where it was confirmed positive for rabies on Feb. 23. According to a news release from the Division of Public Health, there were no known human exposures. Two of the four rabid raccoons were collected in Egg Harbor Township, and one was from Pleasantville. Atlantic County health officials said rabies is most common in raccoons and bats, but has also been found in foxes, skunks, cats, groundhogs and other wildlife in New Jersey.
North Carolina 03/01/11 wchl360.com: For the third time this year, a raccoon in Orange County has tested positive for rabies. A local resident noticed her dog barking at something under the deck and then realized that her dog had cornered a raccoon. Animal control was called and picked up the raccoon to test it. The test came back positive, and since the dog’s rabies vaccine had lapsed, state law says that the dog must either be quarantined for six months or euthanized since it was exposed to rabies. No decision has been made yet. There were 11 positive rabies tests in the county last year.
North Carolina 03/01/11 rrdailyherald.com: by Della Rose – Interim Police Chief Adam Bondarek of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department issued a rabies warning Tuesday, one he said he hopes Roanoke Rapids residents will heed. Bondarek said residents should be leery of any animal, wild or tame in the city and particularly in the 100 block of Madison Street – they could have been exposed to rabies. “Don’t touch or mess with it!” he said. “This happened in an area in town with small children and a lot of foot traffic. I want the public to be aware city wide – and especially in that area, be aware of their surroundings. Avoid strange animals domestic or wild.” Bondarek said animal control was called to a house on Madison Street, Feb. 25 in response to a cat biting another animal. The cat was subsequently captured. Bondarek said the officer transported the cat to the Halifax County Animal Shelter for quarantine, but when the he was removing it from its cage, the cat bit him on the thumb. The cat was sent to state labs for testing and on March 1, reports confirmed the cat had rabies. Bondarek said this is the first time in several years rabies has been reported in Roanoke Rapids. Bondarek said nine other animals, dogs and ferrets, have been removed from the residence and are in quarantine at present in the Halifax County facility. While at the facility the animals will be monitored for symptoms. Bondarek said the animal’s owners have been referred to the proper authorities. The animal control officer is being treated. The incident is still under investigation.
Texas 03/01/11 kten.com: Since the first part of February, the Gainesville Police Department’s Animal Control Division has been receiving numerous calls about skunks. It seems as though there is an increase in the population of skunks in our area this year, including southern Oklahoma. The reason for the increased visibility of the skunks is that it is now their mating season. With more skunks and a high level of skunk activity there becomes an increased threat of pet and human contact with a rabid animal. We are making citizens aware that it’s time to check your rabies vaccination status on your pets and livestock. The Gainesville Police Department has had one confirmed case of rabies in a striped skunk inside the city limits of Gainesville this year. The case was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory in Austin. The skunk was sent for testing after it walked into an apartment through an open door and sprayed the tenant and chased his dog. The skunk was removed from the apartment by the Gainesville Police Department’s Animal Control Division and submitted for testing.
West Virginia 03/01/11 dailymail.com: by Sarah Plummer – Coyotes are becoming more and more prevalent across the state. And while West Virginians are no strangers to wildlife in various forms, seeing coyotes within city limits may prove a shock to residents who are unfamiliar with the animal’s habits. Many residents who live in Raleigh Heights, near the Piney Creek Gorge, are becoming familiar with the yips and howls of coyotes each night. One resident, Richard Culicerto, said that the coyote presence is worse this year than ever before and has really picked up in the last month. “I have seen coyotes in my yard three or four times, and at night we do hear them yelp; it sounds like five or six of them,” he said. Culicerto owns two cats and said they have been very skittish about going outside. Several other residents in Raleigh Heights have reported seeing coyotes in their yards. Colin Carpenter, wildlife biologist with the Beckley Office of the Division of Natural Resources, explained that hearing and seeing coyotes is comparatively new for people in our area. “They are a relatively recent addition to West Virginia fauna. The coyotes we have come from Ohio and Kentucky. They are a westward species that are coming from the west,” he said. “I think people are not used to them because they have only become a part of the landscape in the last 20 years,” he offered.
Ontario 03/02/11 ottawacitizen.com: by Lee Greenberg – Ontario’s minister of natural resources, Linda Jeffrey, will not say whether two Ottawa-area coyote-hunting competitions are illegal. Jeffrey told The Citizen she “absolutely” disapproved of the competitions, but added: “I don’t direct what the enforcement officers do.” “Enforcement have regulations they follow,” she said in an interview. “I don’t get involved in public safety issues. They make the determination.” Those officers have so far stayed away from the contests in Arnprior and Osgoode, which are offering prizes like shotguns, digital cameras and other hunting gear to people who kill the highest number of coyotes. The two Eastern Ontario contests have kicked up considerable controversy since they began. Opponents of the contests call them illegal, cruel and unnecessary. They are also cloaked in uncertainty. The competitions appear to violate Section 11 of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which states “a person shall not hunt for hire, gain or the expectation of gain.” When asked repeatedly whether the Ottawa area culls violated the act, the minister could not answer. “I can’t tell you about every contest,” she said Tuesday. Jeffrey said hunting and fishing contests are “part of our culture” in the province, but added said she objects to culls and bounties. “We haven’t found them to work in the past,” she said. The ministry says culls are ineffective at reducing coyote populations because the animals compensate by producing more offspring. (For complete article go to http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Ontario+cabinet+minister+disapproves+Ottawa+area+coyote+competitions/4366180/story.html )
Indonesia 03/02/11 cdc.gov: Bali – In December 2008, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture notified the World Organization for Animal Health about a rabies outbreak in dogs on the island of Bali, Indonesia. As of February 2011, over 100 deaths caused by rabies have been reported in Bali. Human and animal rabies cases have been confirmed near popular tourist destinations on the southern tip of Bali and throughout the island. CDC advises travelers to the entire island of Bali to take precautions against rabies. To read CDC recommendations for travelers to any area of Bali go to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/outbreak-notice/rabies-bali-indonesia2008.aspx .