Tag Archives: Mountain Lion

CANADIAN mauled to death by GRIZZLY sow ~ CALIFORNIA child attacked by MOUNTAIN LION ~ COLORADAN hospitalized with SEPTICEMIC PLAGUE ~ ILLINOIS reports increase in LYME DISEASE ~ OREGON’s celebrity WOLF OR-7’s mate also a wanderer ~ Travel Warning: CDC warns of CHIKUNGUNYA outbreak in AMERICAN SAMOA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) report from NH ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from NY, ND & SD.

Grizzly. Bing free use license.

Grizzly. Bing free use license.

Alberta 09/08/14 globalnews.ca: by The Canadian Press – Mounties say a hunter who had been missing in southern Alberta’s Kananaskis Country was found dead Monday after a fatal bear attack. RCMP would not confirm the identity of the hunter but it’s thought to be Rick Cross, a 54-year-old Calgary business man who was reported missing by his family after he did not return from a sheep hunting trip near PickleJar Lakes on the weekend.RCMP said a ground and air search was begun for the hunter on Sunday.

zCM-SouthwestAlberta“Evidence was located suggesting that the hunter had been injured at a location approximately four kilometres east from the PickleJar day use area parking lot on Highway 40,” RCMP said in a news release. “Search teams also encountered a female grizzly bear and cub in the immediate area.” The search resumed Monday morning, when teams found the man’s remains in the same area. “The hunter had suffered obvious trauma consistent with a bear attack and is believed to have died from those injuries,” said the release. “The hunter was alone at the time of the incident.” – For video and complete article see http://globalnews.ca/news/1552033/bear-kills-missing-hunter-in-kananaskis-country/

Mountain Lion:

cougar2498California 09/10/14 torontosun.com: Game wardens and hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California’s Silicon Valley on Tuesday, searching for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said. The boy was hiking a trail with family and friends on Sunday in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag the child away, his parents told officials. The boy’s father and another man in the group rushed the cat shouting at the animal, and the cougar retreated into the woods. The boy was left with bite wounds and scratches to his upper body, head and neck, and was hospitalized following the attack. Kirsten Macintyre, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the boy has since been released and was home with his family, who officials have not publicly identified. A team of sheriff’s deputies, game wardens and a tracker with dogs immediately mounted a search for the lion, which resumed after daybreak on Monday and was extended into Tuesday with the addition of a second tracking crew, Macintyre said. She said motion-sensitive cameras also were being been set up in the vicinity, along with several live cage traps. On Tuesday, DNA from cougar saliva samples taken from the victim’s clothing showed the mountain lion was a male. From witness accounts and the size of paw prints left behind, the cat is believed to be a young adult, about three-quarters full grown, or roughly 90 pounds in weight, Macintyre said. If the animal is captured and its DNA matches the saliva samples, the lion will be killed in the interest of public safety, officials said. – For complete article see http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/10/california-officials-hunt-for-cougar-that-attacked-boy

Author’s Note: California Dept of Fish & Wildlife officials said on Sept 10th that they have captured and killed the mountain lion believed to be responsible for the attack. – See http://abc7news.com/news/authorities-capture-mountain-lion-that-attacked-boy-in-cupertino/303485/

Plague:

types-plagueColorado 09/05/14 San Juan Basin Health Dept: Media Release – Officials have confirmed a human case of septicemic plague in a La Plata County resident. An investigation is underway to determine the source of exposure. The patient is currently receiving treatment. Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague; septicemic plague is seen less often. Symptoms typically include fever, chills, extreme weakness, abdominal pain, shock, and possibly bleeding into the skin and other organs. You can get septicemic plague from handling an infected animal or from bites of infected fleas. This is the second case of plague in La Plata County this year. Since 1957, Colorado has identified 65 cases of human plague, nine (14%) of which were fatal. – See http://sjbhd.org/public-health-news/

Lyme Disease:

ribbonIllinois 09/08/14 peoriapublicradio.org: by Hannah Meisel – Reported cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in Illinois. Instances of the illness have gone up about 250 percent in the last ten years. Melaney Arnold, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says Lyme disease’s carrier — the deer tick — has a carrier of its own. “Very much like the name mentions, they typically ride on deer. So as deer migrate south, we do see some of that southern migration of the ticks.” – See http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/cases-lyme-disease-illinois

Wolf OR-7:

Remote camera photo of a wolf using the same area as the wolf known as OR-7. This is the first evidence that OR-7 has found another wolf in the Oregon Cascades. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Remote camera photo of a wolf using the same area as the wolf known as OR-7. This is the first evidence that OR-7 has found another wolf in the Oregon Cascades. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Oregon 09/05/14 oregonlive.com: by Lynne Terry – Oregon’s erstwhile wandering wolf OR-7 truly met one of his own when he mated with a small black female earlier this year: She, too, is a traveler and perhaps even from northeast Oregon as well. DNA tests on her scat indicate she came from northeast Oregon or even Idaho. She shares bloodlines with the Minam and Snake River packs, which include wolves from both those areas, said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. That means she traveled several hundred miles or more to the western Cascades where she mated with OR-7 earlier this year. “It’s fascinating that after dispersing such a great distance to an area where there are so few wolves that they were able to find one another,” Stephenson said.

Oregon's erstwhile wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that were born in April. Photos by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon’s erstwhile wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that were born in April. Photos by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

OR-7 was born into the Imnaha Pack in northeast Oregon, then traveled several thousand miles to California and back to Oregon looking for territory and a mate. The two produced offspring in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in April. Biologists gathered scat from the area in May and July and sent the samples to the University of Idaho for DNA testing. They also collected images of OR-7’s mate and three pups, all snapped by stationary, motion-detecting cameras in the wilderness. The results do not pin down the birthplace of the small, black female but indicate her heritage. – For photos and complete article see http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/09/oregon_wolf_or-7_pups_are_his.html

Travel Warning:

300px-Flag_of_American_Samoa.svgAmerican Samoa 09/09/14 Outbreaknewstoday.com: Post by Robert Herriman – Since the chikungunya outbreak was first geography-of-american-samoa0recognized in American Samoa in late July, the case count has grown to more than 700 cases. This is the first report of locally transmitted chikungunya in Samoa. – For complete post see http://outbreaknewstoday.com/cdc-travel-notice-issued-for-american-samoa-chikungunya-outbreak-now-over-700-cases-64070/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

EEE54fgh84New Hampshire 09/10/14 NH Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the second human case of EEE this season in an adult from Hopkinton. The first human case of EEE in New Hampshire this season was confirmed on August 22nd in Conway, NH. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2014/09-sept/09102014eeecase.htm

West Nile Virus (WNV):

NY-HealthDept-LargeNew York 09/08/14 NYC Health Dept: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the season’s first human cases of illness with WNV in five New York City residents, all over the age of 50. Two patients reside in Brooklyn, and one each from Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. Three of the patients were hospitalized and diagnosed with meningitis; all have been discharged. The other two cases did not require hospitalization. – For complete release see http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr031-14.shtml

Logo677854North Dakota 09/09/14 ND Dept of Health: Media Release – WNV Surveillance Coordinator Alicia Lepp has announced the state’s first WNV-related death in 2014. The individual was a woman who was hospitalized and was older than 60 years of age. Today’s report brings the total number of cases in North Dakota this season to12. – For complete release see http://www.ndhan.gov/data/mrNews/2014-09-09-First%202014%20WNV%20Human%20Death-v%20FINAL.pdf

index5587155South Dakota 09/09/14 SD Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed 31 human cases of WNV in 18 counties so far this year. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/ID/Aug2014.pdf

CANADA: ALBERTA teen attacked by MOUNTAIN LION ~ TICK bite nearly kills 3-year-old VIRGINIAN ~ CALIFORNIAN attacked by BEAR may face feeding charges ~ COLORADO FLEA samples positive for BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ COLORADO RABBIT positive for TULAREMIA ~ OREGON hopes to re-collar celebrity WOLF OR-7 ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CA, CO, MD, MS, TXx2 & WY ~ RABID CAT reports from CA, FL, NC, SC & TX.

Mountain lion. Photo by Trish Carney. Wikimedia Commons.

Mountain lion. Photo by Trish Carney. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

Alberta 08/27/14 calgarysun.com: by Michael Platt – It’s said there a few sounds in the nature as bloodcurdling as the scream of a female cougar. Unless, of course, it’s the scream of a 19-year-old woman — in which case, even hungry cougars are loathe to hang around. It was that sound which likely saved 16-year-old Mykaela Belter from a serious mauling or worse after a large cat attacked her along a hiking trail in Waterton Parks — only to release and retreat when Belter’s sister Gabrielle screamed in horror. “I gave her a thank you,” said Mykaela, who’s now at her grandma’s house, nursing four stitches and bruises along her thigh and lower back. The attack has wildlife officials in the National Park baffled, because the 90-pound female cougar — since captured and killed — shows no signs of starvation or distress, and the typically shy animal was stalking people in a crowded area.

WatertonLakesNationalParkBelter says she was taken by surprise as she walked with Gabrielle down the trail near Bertha Falls, her dad Gary and brother Jaxon just a few steps behind on the busy route, located only a kilometre from the Waterton townsite. As they passed by some bushes, the cougar suddenly lunged. “It really didn’t hurt very much — it felt like when a house cat claws you, but then I looked down and thought, ‘oh wow, a cougar,’” said Mykaela, who lives in St. Albert, near Edmonton. Not far behind, her horrified father Gary Belter was thinking much stronger words than just “oh wow.” “The girls were just walking along together — the cougar stuck its head out of the bush and then it lunged forward and grabbed Mykaela and started to pull her towards the bushes,” said Gary. “Gabby reached over to grab Mykaela and screamed at the same time, and it let go.” By then dad was right there, ready to fight for his daughter’s life — though he admits that between adrenaline and shock, he could barely fathom what was really happening. “Part of it was being so shocked to even see a cougar, and then realizing, it has its paws around my daughter,” said Gary. “Then I was running forward, thinking the cat can’t pull her away that quickly, she’s too big, and I can grab her — but then it let go.” At first the cougar moved a metre or two back, and looked ready to pounce again, but the sudden commotion and crowd of hikers running to help convinced the mountain lion to leave. Gabrielle may have saved her sister, but the 19-year-old says she barely had time to think. “It all happened so fast,” said Gabrielle. “I panicked and grabbed her arm while screaming, because I didn’t know what else to do. My sister jerked back and then it just let go.” Parks officials have sent the cougar’s corpse for tests, to try and determine why the cat was preying on people and ignoring its usual instinct to avoid humans. – For photo of sisters and complete article see http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/08/26/alberta-teen-saved-from-cougar-attack-by-sister

 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:

petechial_rashRMSFbyCDCVirginia 08/29/14 Hampton: A 3-year-old boy is recovering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever traced to a tick bite. It started with a fever, then a rash on his hands and feet. The boy was hospitalized for five days. – See http://wavy.com/2014/08/28/tick-bite-almost-kills-hampton-3-year-old/

 

Bear:

blackbear_1721930c-133California 08/26/14 rgj.com: by Scott Sonner – A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals. California authorities say the woman, whose name hasn’t been released, has been feeding bears for years in her yard on the lake’s north shore at Kings Beach. A similar problem a few miles east in Incline Village prompted the Nevada Department of Wildlife to issue a formal warning in December to another woman accused of illegally feeding several bears — three of which now are dead. One of the bears had to be euthanized after it broke into a neighbor’s car and exhibited bold behavior making it a threat to public safety, NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said. Two of her cubs later were struck and killed by cars, which Healy said was at least an indirect result of their losing their natural fear of humans. “The people who are doing the feeding are the ones who are killing these bears,” Healy told The Associated Press on Friday. The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported that California game wardens were investigating the woman after the Aug. 5 attack in Kings Beach. The woman was treated at a hospital for bite wounds to her shoulder and scratches on her leg after she reported the bear hit her from behind, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Investigators said she has been feeding bears since at least 2010 and had been warned multiple times to stop. Foy said wildlife officials were working with the Placer County district attorney’s office and will decide soon whether to cite her with a misdemeanor charge of feeding wildlife, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. – For complete article see http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/08/24/tahoe-woman-attacked-bear-may-face-feeding-charges/14531237/

 

Bubonic Plague:

Santa_Fe_attacks_plagu48f91501Colorado 08/21/14 Boulder County: Fleas collected from a deserted prairie dog colony in the city of Boulder’s Marshall open space property, northeast of the intersection of South Boulder and Cherryvale roads, have tested positive for bubonic plague. The open space has not be closed, but people are urged to take precautions. – See http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_26375739/plague-found-boulder-area-fleas-residents-warned-take

 

Tularemia:

Jarek Tuszynski-Wikimedia-Commons

Jarek Tuszynski-Wikimedia-Commons

Colorado 08/28/14 El Paso County: Public health officials say a dead rabbit found near Yoder has tested positive for tularemia. “Residents near Yoder, south of Highway 94 and west of Yoder, are advised that tularemia-causing bacteria may be present in some of the mammals – especially rabbits, rodents and hares.” – See http://www.krdo.com/news/dead-rabbit-found-near-yoder-tests-positive-for-tularemia/27774090

 

Wolf (OR-7):

Remote camera photo of OR-7

Remote camera photo of OR-7

Oregon 08/25/14 mailtribune.com: by Mark Freeman – Oregon’s most famous wolf is set to get some new bling so he can keep working for Da Man. Biologists plan to recapture OR-7 and replace the wolf’s tracking collar — and possibly collar his mate and some of his three pups — to keep tracking Western Oregon’s only known wolf family as they work their way toward pack status. A federal biologist plans to set foot-hold traps in the area of eastern Jackson County in hopes of capturing at least one of the animals so it can be fitted with a GPS-transmitting collar similar to the one used to track OR-7’s world-famous, 3,000-mile journey that led him here. “It’s kind of the luck of the draw in who you can get,” says John Stephenson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist tracking OR-7 from his Bend office. “It will probably end up one of the pups because they’re the most curious.” – For complete article see http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20140824/NEWS/140829665

 

West Nile Virus (WNV) Reports:

fig2_lgCalifornia 08/26/14 Orange County Public Health: Media Release – A Seal Beach resident in her 80s with underlying medical conditions died last week with complications of WNV infection. She had the more severe form, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Orange County currently leads the state in number of WNV infections this year with 40 to date, compared to fewer than 5 infections around this time in the previous four years. – See http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/wn

Colorado 08/26/14 Weld County Dept of Public Health: Seven county residents are confirmed to be infected with WNV, including a 63-year old man hospitalized with a neuroinvasive infection. – See http://www.co.weld.co.us/assets/013aa5CDD00DbaB0b092.pdf

Maryland 08/28/14 National Capital Region: State officials have confirmed that an adult resident of the region has been diagnosed with the state’s first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wbal.com/article/109505/3/confirmed-case-of-west-nile-virus-in-maryland

Mississippi 08/26/14 MS State Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials have confirmed the death of a Madison County resident from WNV, the second Mississippi death from WNV in 2014. New human cases were also reported in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, and Rankin counties. So far this year, a total of 15 human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (2), Bolivar (1), Covington (1), Forrest (1), Hinds (2), Madison (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), and Wilkinson (1) counties. WNV deaths have occurred in Madison and Yazoo counties. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,15551,341.html

Texas 08/26/14 TX Dept of State Health: Officials have confirmed 41 human cases of WNV illness in the state so far this year. Counties include Brazoria (2), Dallas (5), El Paso (2), Ellis, Galveston, Harris (8), Leon, Liberty (2), Lubbock, Montgomery (13), Nueces, Parker, Tarrant, Travis and Walker. – See https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm

Texas 08/28/14 outbreaknewstoday.com: The latest cases of WNV in El Paso involve three women and one man. Two adult women and one adult man who live in the 79932 zip code area, as well as an adult woman who lives in the 79912 zip code area are the latest patients diagnosed with the disease. All four are currently recovering at home. Earlier this month, two other men were confirmed to have contracted the disease. – See http://outbreaknewstoday.com/el-paso-reports-four-additional-west-nile-virus-cases-75343/

Wyoming 08/22/14 WY Dept of Health: Media Release – An older Platte County woman represents the first and only human case of WNV reported in the state so far this year. In Wyoming last year, 41 human WNV cases, including one death, were reported. Since WNV first appeared in Wyoming in 2002, reported human cases each year have ranged from two with no deaths to 393 and nine deaths.
– See http://www.health.wyo.gov/news.aspx?NewsID=743

Rabid Cat Reports:

3243453-detail-of-girl-hugging-kitten-hand-and-paw-in-similar-positionCalifornia 08/21/14 San Joaquin County: A feral kitten found in the rural northern tier of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the first case of rabies in the county since 2011. – See http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_6ef1ffec-2903-11e4-9fab-0019bb2963f4.html

Florida 08/29/14 Osceola County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a feral cat that attacked a young girl tested positive for the virus. The cat bit and scratched the girl’s leg so severely she needed stitches. Officials believe the same cat attacked a man on Keystone Avenue in St. Cloud. – See http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/8/28/rabid_cat_attacks_gi.html

North Carolina 08/29/14 Henderson County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a feral kitten found in the Steeplechase Court neighborhood of Carriage Park tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20140829/ARTICLES/140829842/1042/news?Title=Rabies-confirmed-in-Henderson-County-kitten-

South Carolina 08/27/14 Laurens County: Four people in the Gray Court area have been exposed to rabies by a stray kitten that tested positive for the disease, – See http://www.wyff4.com/news/kitten-exposes-four-people-to-rabies-in-gray-court/27756666#ixzz3BqA7R1c8

Texas 08/21/14 Travis County: by Gene Davis – The City of Austin is working to identify a young boy who potentially came into contact with rabies under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. An observer reported seeing the boy, who is approximately six years old and was wearing a green shirt, pick up a bat that later tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred on Aug. 18 around 9 p.m., according to a press release issued by the City. . . . anyone with information on the Aug. 18 incident (should) call the Health Department office at 512-972-5555 or, after 5 p.m., 512-802-1575. – See more at: http://www.austinpost.org/article/city-seeks-help-identify-boy-potentially-exposed-rabies#sthash.57abSpHl.dpuf

MOUNTAIN LION behaving aggressively toward people in CALIFORNIA park ~ Follow-Up Report: MOUNTAIN LION returns to Fontana, CALIFORNIA ~ MISSOURI cautiously optimistic that efforts to check CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE are working ~ RABIES reports from GA, TX, & VA.

Mountain lion. Bing free use license.

Mountain lion. Bing free use license.

California 03/08/14 thereporter.com: by Catherine Mijs – Vacaville parkgoers got more than they bargained for Friday evening: Several reported hair-raising run-ins with a mountain lion that has frequented Lagoon Valley Park in the last few weeks, officials said. With four sightings between 6 and 7 p.m., including one instance where the powerful predator came within 25 feet of people and “growled,” Vacaville police began making efforts to contact California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials to help corral the cougar, said Sgt. Charlie Spruill. According to Spruill, the mountain lion was also spotted in the hills across the road from the dog park, going toward Hidden Grove — about 25 yards from the walking path. On Feb. 21, the city of Vacaville issued a warning to parkgoers, urging them to be on the lookout for the lion following several sightings by local residents on trails near Lagoon Valley and by other hikers near Cherry Glen Road. Temporary signs were posted at the park’s trailheads, advising hikers of what to do if they encountered a mountain lion. Friday’s encounters, however, were much more aggressive than the initial glimpses that were reported to authorities. – For complete article see http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_25302322/mountain-lion-growls-at-people-vacavilles-lagoon-valley?source=most_viewed

Follow-Up Report:

(See MOUNTAIN LION kills 100 lb German Shepherd in CALIFORNIA family’s backyard posted 03/08/14)

s_mountain-lion-0002 (2)California 03/10/14 nbclosangeles.com: Mountain lion sightings were reported during the weekend in the same community where a big cat attacked and killed a family’s German Sherpherd last week. The sightings in Fontana, about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, were reported Saturday within about 30 minutes. The first report came from a resident who saw the mountain lion walking north of Edmonton Street near Regina Way Saturday morning. Officers in a helicopter later found the animal under power lines northwest of Reservoir Road near Edmonton Street. “The officers in the helicopter lost sight of the mountain lion and were unable to locate after a lengthy search,” according to a statement from the Fontana Police Department. . . . California Fish and Wildlife officials described the mountain lion’s behavior as “anything but normal” and consider it a significant public safety threat. An animal is considered a public safety threat if there is “a likelihood of human injury based on the totality of the circumstances,” according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The lion’s behavior, proximity to schools and other factors are considered in making that determination. Police have asked residents to keep pets inside, especially during dusk to dawn hours. – For complete article see http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Mountain-Lion-Sighting-German-Shepherd-Dog-Attack-Fontana-249304501.html

Chronic Wasting Disease:

Whitetail buck. Courtesy MO Dept of Conservation.

Whitetail buck. Courtesy MO Dept of Conservation.

Missouri 03/11/14 mdc.mo.gov: News Release – Following the testing of 3,666 free-ranging deer harvested during and after the 2013 deer-hunting season, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has detected no additional cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri free-ranging deer. The total number of confirmed cases in Missouri free-ranging deer remains limited to 10 found in 2012 and early 2013. All were from a small area of northwest Macon County near where CWD was confirmed in 10 captive deer in 2012 at a private hunting preserve. Missouri’s first case of CWD was discovered in 2010 in a captive deer at private hunting facility in southeast Linn County owned by the same private hunting preserve. “While I am cautiously optimistic that these latest test results suggest our efforts to limit the spread of CWD may be working, the threat of this infectious disease remains significant,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Kelly Straka. “Therefore, continued surveillance is important.” – For complete release see http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-testing-results-show-no-new-cases-chronic-wasting-disease

Rabies:

raccoon-mom-and-baby-0567Georgia 03/10/14 Barrow County: A raccoon found on Hidden Court off Sims Road in Winder has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid raccoon found in Winder in less than one week. The first confirmed case was on Meadowbrook Drive. – See http://www.barrowcountynews.com/section/14/article/22100/

maxresdefaultTexas 03/10/14 Brazos County: A skunk killed by two dogs in their own fenced-in yard in the vicinity of Tabor Road and Dilly Shaw Tap northeast of Bryan has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wtaw.com/2014/03/10/aggieland-humane-society-issues-rabies-advisory/

20040118-RosesRaccoonSkunk(lo) - CopyVirginia  03/10/14 Pittsylvania County: A raccoon found on Tucker Road in Gretna, and a skunk found on Mapleton Road in Callands, Wednesday and Thursday of last week respectively, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/two-rabid-animals-found-in-pittsylvania-county/article_29c80f5c-a8ab-11e3-a9ef-001a4bcf6878.html

 

MOUNTAIN LION kills 100 lb German Shepherd in CALIFORNIA family’s backyard ~ RABIES reports from CA, CO, CT, GA, NJx2, NCx3, PA, & SC.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

California 03/05/14 cbsla.com: A homeowner in the 4100 block of Foxborough Drive in Fontana went to investigate distress sounds coming from his yard at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and found a large mountain lion standing over his dead dog, Princess, a 100-pound German Shepherd. When officers arrived and shot at the lion it ran into a nearby canyon but returned moments later. Again shots were fired and again the lion ran off only to reappear moments later. The scenario repeated itself four times before the lion left and did not return. There is no evidence that the lion was hit by any of the rounds fired. Police have decided the animal is an imminent threat to public safety and have secured the area. They want Fish & Wildlife officials to help them either scare the lion far enough away so it is no longer a local threat or they will probably have to shoot it. – See article and video at http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/03/05/mountain-lion-kills-large-family-dog-in-fontana/

Author’s Note: As of 03/06/14 Fontana police called off the search saying they believe the big cat has finally be scared away.

Rabies:

little_brown_bat (2)California 03/06/14 Los Angeles County: A dead bat found in a swimming pool in Agua Dulce last month has tested positive for rabies. The Santa Clarita Valley has a very high bat population. – See http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/115722/

Colorado 03/04/14 Weld County: A skunk that was shot and killed near Keenesburg on February 23rd has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/03/04/rabid-skunk-shot-and-skunk2sfkilled/6020405/

Connecticut 03/07/14 West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District: Officials are trying to locate a woman who brought a skunk to Veterinary Specialists at 993 North Main Street in West Hartford between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. The animal was euthanized and tested positive for rabies, according to the Hartford Courant. Anyone with information about the person who brought the skunk to the vet is asked to call West Hartford police at 860-523-5203. – See http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Authorities-Seek-Woman-Who-Brought-Rabid-Skunk-to-Vet-West-Hartford-249072001.html

cityOfCarrolltonTXGeorgia 03/06/14 Barrow County: A Rabies Alert was issued in the county on Thursday after a raccoon that fought with a pet cat on Meadowbrook Drive in Winder tested positive for the virus. The raccoon was shot and a another raccoon was found dead nearby. – See http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-03-06/rabies-alert-issued-barrow-county-after-racoon-tests-positive

skunk89940t9New Jersey 03/06/14 Atlantic County: A skunk taken from a property on Betsy Scull Road in Egg Harbor Township has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found in the backyard where a the owner’s vaccinated dog had killed it. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/egg-harbor-twp/eht-general-news/50051-skunk-found-in-eht-test-positive-for-rabies.html

New Jersey 03/05/14 Burlington County: A raccoon found behaving abnormally on Arlington Drive in the Mapleton Development in Mansfield Township last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://centraljersey.com/articles/2014/03/05/the_register_news/news/doc531779f18cd5a111384785.txt

10North Carolina 03/06/14 Orange County: A raccoon reported to be having trouble walking has tested positive for rabies. A Hillsborough resident saw the animal outside her window on March 2nd and called authorities. – See http://www.wral.com/raccoon-is-fifth-rabies-case-in-orange-county/13456300/

2048273681_e5422b11e6 - CopyNorth Carolina 03/04/14 Davidson County: A skunk that fought with and was killed by an unvaccinated dog in the Lexington area on February 24th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wxii12.com/news/local-news/piedmont/davidson-co-reports-first-rabies-case-of-14/24795446

North Carolina 03/04/14 Cumberland County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by a dog this past Saturday on Sherrill Baggett Road in the northern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See R02byDNR_WI.govhttp://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/article_9622b18a-c358-52ed-bd9f-2c8dab18d585.html

Pennsylvania 03/04/14 Delaware County: A sick raccoon found in Radnor Township and euthanized over the weekend tested positive for rabies. A woman who was exposed to the animal has been located and will be treated for potential exposure to rabies. – See http://brynmawr.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/radnor-raccoon-did-have-rabies-tests-show-brynmawr

neverbarehandedsmSouth Carolina 03/07/14 Lexington County: A bat found in the Harbison area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wistv.com/story/24916523/bat-exposes-couple-to-rabies-in-harbison-area

Officials in CALIFORNIA believe MOUNTAIN LION attacked HOMELESS CAMPER ~ MOUNTAIN LION kills DOG and another MOUNTAIN LION in COLORADO ~ IDAHOAN fights MOUNTAIN LION attacking his DOGS ~ ILLINOIS city tells residents how to make COYOTES feel unwelcome ~ RABIES report from PENNSYLVANIA.

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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.

moutain-lion-in-el-paso-01 (2)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

cougar2498Colorado 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.”

CSj28m7lChurchill 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

trishcarney_4287wc23406Idaho 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

Coyotes:

1087535980Illinois 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

Rabies:

imagesCAG9WNS5Pennsylvania 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

COLORADO scientists look at HUMAN vs COYOTE conflicts ~ MOUNTAIN LION unsuspecting star in CALIFORNIA home security video ~ RABIES reports from GAx2, NJ, SC, & VA.

Coyote_closeup.wikimediaNational 01/08/14 colorado.edu: News Release – Scientists from Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources are conducting research to understand how human thoughts and behavior affect coyote conflict in urban areas. The study is being led by researchers from CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and is part of a comprehensive research initiative that is integrating biological and social science information, including data on reported encounters, coyote behavior and habitat monitoring, management response and public perceptions, to help develop more effective strategies for minimizing conflicts between people and coyotes. The researchers have collected online and mail-back surveys from more than 4,000 metro Denver residents since December 2012. Findings are being analyzed and mapped to better understand underlying factors and patterns that may contribute to incidents such as coyote attacks on pets and aggression toward people.

Coyote-stalking-prey-998“The goal is to provide a more complete picture of the on-the-ground reality of coyote management in metro Denver. When, where, and how people interact with wildlife such as coyotes in urban environments is driven by both ecological and social factors,” says Andrew Don Carlos, a research associate. “Habitat and prey are important determinants of how coyotes use the landscape. We have a lot of both in metro Denver, so it’s no surprise that they’ve taken up residence in our parks, open spaces, and sometimes even backyards. People’s actions, especially those related to outdoor food attractants and pets, can increase the potential for problems to occur.” Preliminary results from Adams County, one of the primary sponsors of the project, suggest that a large portion of residents are experiencing regular interactions with coyotes in their neighborhoods. More than 80 percent of survey respondents in the western part of the county and within the cities of Westminster, Thornton, and Northglenn said that they had observed a coyote near their home in the past three years. However, proximity of people and coyotes doesn’t always lead to conflict. Fewer than 10 percent of respondents said that they had been approached by a coyote, and fewer than 5 percent reported problems between coyotes and pets. No human attacks were reported.

1_62_coyote_snarl“Coyotes are the largest predatory mammal that most urban residents will encounter, and their presence in the neighborhood tends to get a lot of attention. In these types of situations, a solid understanding of public attitudes and behaviors becomes an important piece of the puzzle,” said Tara Teel, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and one of the study’s principal investigators. “Effective urban coyote management will always involve the public to some degree, and getting a sense for where residents are at on the issue is an important first step for managers.” The survey findings will also help determine the effectiveness of current public outreach and education campaigns aimed at reducing human-coyote conflict, and will help develop more targeted education initiatives in the future. – For complete news release see http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/6892

Mountain Lion:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia 01/04/14 Los Angeles County: A Sun Valley home security video may have solved the mystery of why happened to the family dog that went missing last week. The camera recorded a mountain lion as it casually roamed through the family’s backyard. – For complete article and video see http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/01/04/video-shows-mountain-lion-prowling-backyard-of-sun-valley-home-where-dog-went-missing/

Rabies:

raccoon_lgGeorgia 01/09/14 Hall County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Young Road has tested positive for rabies. This is the first confirmed case of the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=269722

2625980-child-and-catGeorgia 12/31/13 Murray County: A stray cat that bit two people in Chatsworth on Christmas Eve has tested positive for rabies. The cat was black with a white chin, weighed about ten pounds, and appeared otherwise healthy. Those living in or near the 5700 block of Old Federal Road South should report any bites or scratches from stray cats which occurred within the past month, especially if the stray fits this description. Call the Murray County Environmental Health Office at 706-695-0266, extension 8. – See http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/rabid-cat-bites-two-north-georgia-8475.shtml

raccoon-mom-and-baby-0567New Jersey 01/08/13 Salem County: A raccoon that fought with a family’s pet dog in Quinton Township has tested positive for rabies. The dog’s owner was advised to seek medical advice for potential exposure to the virus when checking the dog for wounds due to possible contact with the raccoon’s saliva, which can carry the rabies virus. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2014/01/rabies_case_confirmed_in_quinton_twp_officials_say.html

IMG4336e-L-001South Carolina 01/03/14 Oconee County: A resident of the county is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after she reported being in contact with a cat in the Seneca area that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20140103/NEWS/301030034/Oconee-woman-exposed-rabies-from-cat-authorities-say

1510832454_0c4d8e51f3_zVirginia 01/08/13 Pittsylvania County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for residents of Tucker Road in Gretna after a raccoon found in the area tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/rabies-alert-issued-after-rabid-raccoon-found-in-gretna/article_ea7d47c0-7896-11e3-b011-0019bb30f31a.html

WEST NILE VIRUS kills 27 BALD EAGLES in UTAH ~ COLORADO town warns residents of MOUNTAIN LIONS ~ CHIKUNGUNYA in the CARIBBEAN poses threat to U.S. ~ Vets say research needed on LYME DISEASE in HORSES ~ RABIES reports from FLx2, & VA.

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Bald Eagle. Bing free use license.

Utah 12/31/13 ctvnews.ca: by Michelle L. Price – The mystery illness that has killed 27 bald eagles in Utah this month appears to be West Nile Virus, state officials said Tuesday. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said in a statement that laboratory tests done on some of the first birds found indicate they died from West Nile Virus. Since Dec. 1, officials have found the birds in northern and central Utah. All were either dead or were ill and later died during treatment. The eagles displayed similar symptoms, including head tremors, signs of seizures, weakness in legs and feet and a paralysis of the bird’s wings. Beyond the 27 that have died, officials said five eagles were being treated at a wildlife rehabilitation centre Tuesday. They appeared to be responding well to treatment, officials said. Utah wildlife officials aren’t sure how the eagles caught the virus, but they suspect the birds contracted it by eating Eared Grebes that were infected with the virus and died recently.

Eared Grebe.

Eared Grebe.

West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, usually infects eagles and other birds during warmer months. Mark Hadley, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman, said the grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, start arriving in Utah in October, when mosquitoes are still active. “It’s possible that those grebes got bit by mosquitoes after they got here when they arrived in the fall, and it just took a while for them to die.” The bald eagles began arriving in November and appeared to have died relatively quickly once they contracted the virus, Hadley said. About 750 to 1,200 bald eagles begin migrating to Utah each November and stay until March, officials said. During those winter months, the eagles get most of their food by eating dead animals, such as grebes.

Flock of Bald eaglesLeslie McFarlane, a wildlife disease coordinator with DWR, said in a statement that there’s still a chance a few more eagles could die, but because the migration period for grebes is almost over, it’s likely that the risk to eagles will soon drop. The birds do not pose a risk to human health but people should not handle eagles if they find them, wildlife officials said. Hadley said that in the 17 years he’s been with DWR, he has never seen this many eagles die off, particularly in such a short period of time. – See http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/west-nile-virus-caused-27-bald-eagle-deaths-in-december-utah-wildlife-officials-1.1613441

Mountain Lions:

s_mountain-lion-0002Colorado 12/27/13 Douglas County: The town of Parker may be 20 miles from the foothills, but officials sent an e-mail to residents on Thursday warning that mountain lions have been sighted inside the town limits. It cautioned residents not to walk or hike alone, and to make sure children are within sight at all times. – For additional advice see http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/parker-issues-warning-after-mountain-lions-spotted

Chikungunya:

Follow-Up Report:

(See CHIKUNGUNYA virus spreads in the AMERICAS posted 12/15/13)

pic_chikungunyaCaribbean Islands 12/30/13 cidrap.umn.edu: by Lisa Schnirring – Health officials are reporting a sharp rise in the number of patients sickened in a chikungunya fever outbreak centered on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, which may signal an increasing risk to the US mainland. On the French part of the island, where most of the infections have been reported, the number of confirmed cases has risen from 26 to 66, according to a Dec 28 update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In addition, health officials from the Netherlands have confirmed the first case on the Dutch side of St. Martin (Sint Maarten), and illnesses have been detected on two other nearby islands: three on Martinique and one on Guadeloupe, according to the ECDC report. Both of those islands are south and slightly east of St. Martin. The case in Guadeloupe represents the island’s first documented local chikungunya case, which was detected because of enhanced surveillance for the disease in all French Caribbean territories, the ECDC said. The patient is co-infected with dengue serotype 4 and had not recently traveled to another area where chikungunya exists. Meanwhile, health officials in the area are investigating a slew of suspected and probable cases. They include 167 suspected cases and 14 probable cases on the French side of St. Martin, and two patients have been hospitalized. Martinique has 27 suspected cases, and on the island of St. Barthelemy, 21 suspected cases are under investigation. The outbreak represents the first known indigenous transmission of chikungunya fever in the Americas. – For complete article and precautions see http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/12/caribbean-chikungunya-outbreak-grows-poses-threat-us

Lyme Disease:

aaep_logoNational 12/30/13 thehorse.com: by Amy Johnson, DVM – It is hard to get a roomful of people to agree on anything, but just about every veterinarian attending the Lyme disease table topic session at the 2013 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn., agreed that more research is needed on this disease in horses. We do know that Lyme disease is an increasingly recognized problem in people living in areas where the causative organism, Borrelia burgdorferi, is endemic. These areas include the northeast and north-central United States. We also know that Borrelia is capable of infecting horses. Despite only a handful of published case reports describing clinical signs in infected horses, many practitioners in endemic areas are convinced that they see cases of Lyme disease in horses. The most common signs in these cases are behavior changes, lethargy or poor attitude, and change in gait/lameness. Uveitis (inflammation within the eye) and neuroborreliosis (neurologic disease due to Lyme disease) are occasionally seen as well. So if a horse is showing possible signs of Lyme disease, how can it be diagnosed? vetSeveral blood tests are available that will identify antibodies against Borrelia. The presence of antibodies (in an unvaccinated horse) indicates that the horse has been infected with Borrelia at some point in its life. The pattern of antibody production might help to ascertain whether infection is acute or chronic. However, more research is needed regarding patterns of antibody production in infected horses. – For complete article see http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33123/aaep-researchers-discuss-lyme-disease-in-horses

Rabies:

thumbnailCA6WGA0CFlorida 12/31/13 Hamilton County: A bobcat that attacked a dog in Jennings has tested positive for rabies. A Rabies Alert has been issued within the boundaries of CR 141 North, CR 143 North, and CR 146. – See http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/jasper/x1956145775/Health-officials-in-Hamilton-County-issue-rabies-alert

10975940 - CopyFlorida 12/30/13 Palm Beach County: Two raccoons that attacked dogs in West Palm Beach and Jupiter Farms last week have tested positive for rabies. And a third raccoon that attacked a dog near A1A in Tequesta over the weekend is presumed rabid. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/two-raccoons-that-attacked-dogs-in-west-palm-beach/ncYDM/

337278_koshka_kot_rebenok_ditya_devochka_kosichka_ulybka_2990x2170_(www.GdeFon.ru)Virginia 12/30/13 Prince William County: A domestic cat that appeared to be injured was picked up near Powells Landing Circle in Woodbridge on December 20th and has since tested positive for rabies. – See http://manassas.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/cat-with-rabies-found-in-prince-william-county