Tag Archives: Mountain Lion

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.

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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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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

 

What to do if you meet up with a MOUNTAIN LION ~ NEW YORK reports first ever locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ HARVEST MOUSE trapped in CALIFORNIA tests positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CAx2, & FL ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, ME, NM, NC, & VAx2.

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North America 11/17/13 scvnews.com: If you hunt, fish, hike, camp, stroll along country lanes, birdwatch, photograph wildlife, play or work in any capacity in North America’s great outdoors, you could meet up with a mountain lion anywhere, anytime without notice. What should you do?

dianne.erskine.hellrigel8788Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel’s short but jam-packed commentary on Encountering Cougars is well worth reading. She tells us which member of our group is most likely to be singled out for an attack, and she suggests what she considers the most effective methods of keeping everyone safe from harm. She separates some of the fact from some of the fiction; tells us what prey mountain lions prefer to hunt; where and when big cats like to hunt; how far they will travel for a good meal; and she tells us what we can do if a mountain lion does decide to attack, though such incidents are few and far between. Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel is executive director of the Community Hiking Club and president of the Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy in California. – See http://scvnews.com/2013/11/17/encountering-cougars-commentary-by-dianne-erskine-hellrigel/

Dengue Fever:

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

New York 11/20/13 myfoxny.com: by Arun Kristian Das – A Long Island man came down with dengue virus back in September, according to health officials in Suffolk County. The 50-year-old man has since recovered. Dengue is a leading cause of illness and death in tropical and subtropical countries, according to the CDC. This was the first known case that someone in New York State has contracted dengue locally, health officials said. You get dengue virus from a (Aedes Aegypti) mosquito bite. That means he got the virus from a local mosquito that probably had previously bitten an infected traveler. “The exact route of transmission in this case is unknown,” Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, said in a statement released to news outlets. “However, we have determined that this individual acquired dengue virus locally, as he had not traveled outside of the local metropolitan area during the incubation period.” Indeed, other recent dengue infections (from 2011 and 2012) are thought to have happened while those patients were travelling overseas.

dengue8900sdad;9Every year, as many as 100 million people are infected around the world, according to the CDC, which notes that symptoms include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding. No vaccine exists for dengue virus. Health officials say the best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness is to use insect repellent containing DEET on your skin and clothes when spending time outside during peak insect times and to keep your property clear of standing water, which allows mosquitoes to breed. – For original article, video and photos see http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24025119/officials-li-man-likely-contracted-dengue-virus-from-local-mosquito

Hantavirus:

Harvest mice.

Harvest mice.

California 11/20/13 San Diego County: A harvest mouse recently trapped in the southern part of Escondido has tested positive for hantavirus prompting officials to remind people of the dangers that rodents living in the wild can bring into their homes. According to the Department of Environmental Health, common house mice don’t carry the virus. – See http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/harvest-mouse-tests-positive-for-hantavirus/article_042cb3e2-5234-11e3-8ac8-001a4bcf6878.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Kern_County_CACalifornia 11/19/13 Kern County: Officials confirmed on Tuesday that a 76-year-old male has become the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/health/Kern-County-health-officials-announce-West-Nile-virus-death-232537371.html

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 11/18/13 Los Angeles County: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Long Beach in his 70s has died due to complications associated with WNV. Long Beach has reported six human cases of the virus this year, but this is the first WNV-related fatality reported for 2013. There have been 8 WNV-related fatalities in the county this year. Statewide, there have been 349 human cases reported, including 13 fatalities, as of November 12, 2013. – See http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/west-nile-claims-life-of-elderly-long-beach-man/

Bay_County_FLFlorida 11/18/13 Bay County: State officials have confirmed that another horse stabled in the county has tested positive for EEE. This is the second horse infected with the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/24002745/health-department-confirms-case-of-eee-in-horse-in-bay-county

Rabies:

skunk20noseConnecticut 11/18/13 Fairfield County: An aggressive skunk that attacked two calves and a yak at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://stamford.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/rabid-skunk-attacks-stamford-museum–nature-center-animals

by_Svdmolen_WCFlorida 11/20/13 Palm Beach County: A sick raccoon caught in the Jupiter Farms area this week is the 13th animal testing positive for rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/raccoon-caught-in-jupiter-farms-tests-positive-for/nby5G/

11583105-largeMaine 11/20/13 Penobscot County: School officials in Lincoln warned parents on Nov 20th that a small group of children might have been exposed to rabies after a Mattanawcook Academy student was bitten by a bat near Ella P. Burr Elementary School last week. The bat has tested positive for rabies and a 17-year-old girl has been advised to seek immediate medical advice. The 17-year-old was warning a group of younger children to stay away from an injured bat and might have picked it up when it bit her. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/20/news/penobscot/lincoln-schools-warn-parents-after-student-bitten-by-rabid-bat/?ref=latest

Dog_1New Mexico 11/18/13 Valencia County: A 6-month-old pet dog that was reported for harassing livestock and killing chickens has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6a5e72e5d22240d9a4f41ff734c5506c/NM–Rabies-New-Mexico

GE DIGITAL CAMERANorth Carolina 11/20/13 Durham County: A bat reported in a residence in the 4500 block of Ryan Street in the City of Durham is the 12th confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.wncn.com/story/24021581/12th-confirmed-cases-of-rabies-reported-in-durham

88e779r0eVirginia 11/20/13 Gloucester County: A raccoon that was in contact with an unvaccinated dog in the Roanes area on Nov 15th has tested positive for rabies. And on Oct 29th a skunk that was behaving abnormally in the Adner/Lee’s Neck Farm area was shot and tested positive for rabies. Two dogs exposed to the skunk were current on vaccinations. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabies-cases-11-21-20131120,0,365185.story

520bc0501588c.preview-300Virginia 11/19/13 York County: A Rabies Alert has been issued for residents in the vicinity of Middle Road and Bradley Drive in the county’s Dandy area after a raccoon found in that area tested positive for the virus. – See http://wydaily.com/2013/11/19/rabid-raccoon-found-in-dandy-area-of-york-county/

CANADIAN spears MOUNTAIN LION to save partner ~ More DENGUE cases found in FLORIDA ~ Two WEST VIRGINIA children contract LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, DE, IL, MO, & OK ~ RABIES reports from MT, NJ, OK, & RI.

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Image: Bing free use license.

Canada:

British Columbia 09/10/13 independent.co.uk: by Memphis Barker – A British Columbia man who fought off a cougar attack on his partner armed only with a spear has been hailed as a hero. The man responded to the screams of his partner, who had been gardening outside her home on Flores Island, by running to her defence, and stabbing the wild cat several times with a spear. The victim, aged 60, has undergone surgery and is expected to recover from the terrifying ordeal. A conservation officer marvelled at the bravery of the cougar-killer, telling The Canadian Press: “It takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I’m glad he was there to rescue her.” “You know it could have turned out a lot differently if he hadn’t been around”, he added.

VancouverIslandBCA team of conservation officers and a mountain lion hunter landed yesterday on Flores Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island, in order to track the would-be man-eater. They found it dead just 20 metres from the attack site, apparently killed by the stab wounds inflicted in the struggle. Conservation officers had previously attempted to track the cougar, after the same woman who it put in hospital on Sunday warned of an unusual encounter – but bad weather prevented hounds from taking the scent. Cougar attacks are on the rise in North America, with over half of the 100 documented attacks since 1890 taking place in the last 25 years. The majority of these attacks have taken place on Vancouver Island, near the couple’s home, as prey populations have gone into steep decline. – See original article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/british-columbia-man-saves-partner-from-cougar-attack–armed-only-with-a-spear-8806510.html
Dengue Fever:

dengue_alertFlorida 09/18/13 Martin County: Health officials have confirmed there are two new cases of dengue fever bringing the total to 20. All were exposed in the Rio, Jensen Beach area. The victims are from Martin County (13), St. Lucie County (4), Palm Beach County (1), and out of state residents (2). – See http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/dengue-fever-update-20-confirmed-cases-acquired-in-the-rio-and-jensen-beach-area

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

55544319-13203643-400225West Virginia 09/18/13 Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept.: Two human cases of mosquito-borne LACV have been confirmed in children younger than 15 years-of-age living in Kanawha County. Both children were hospitalized. – See http://www.kchdwv.org/News/Cases-of-La-Crosse-Encephalitis-Investigated.aspx

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

CT.DPH-Connecticut 09/20/13 CT Dept of Public Health: WNV – Since June 27, officials have identified WNV-positive mosquitoes at trap sites in 21 towns: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterford, West Haven, Westport and Wilton. Two Connecticut residents have been diagnosed with WNV-associated illnesses including a Stratford resident, 60-69 years with onset of illness during the last week of July, and a Stamford resident, 80-89 years with onset during the third week of August. Both are recovering. EEEMosquitoes with EEE virus have been identified in 4 towns: Haddam, Hampton, Plainfield and Voluntown. A horse stabled in Griswold died from EEE-associated illness during the second week of September. No human EEE infections have been identified. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=4386&q=532160

Sussex cty DEDelaware 09/19/13 Sussex County: Agriculture officials have confirmed a horse stabled in the county that tested positive for EEE has been euthanized. – See http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=53704

Cook cty ILIllinois 09/17/13 Cook County: A 67-year-old man from Cicero is the first WNV-related fatality in the Chicago area this year. – See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-17/news/chi-west-nile-virus-cicero-death20130917_1_west-nile-virus-first-human-case-cicero-man

Ste._Genevieve_County.MOMissouri 09/18/13 Ste. Genevieve County: Health officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in a county resident. – See http://www.stegenherald.com/articles/2013/09/18/news/doc523a0c1446106924615522.txt

Tulsa_County.OKOklahoma 09/19/13 Tulsa County: Health officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in the county. Statewide as of September 18th, there have been 22 human cases of WNV in the state, including one fatality in Oklahoma County. – See http://www.newson6.com/story/23476079/two-cases-of-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-tulsa-county

Rabies:

Montana 09/18/13 Lewis & Clark County: Two bats that came in contact with pet cats and dogs in Helena have tested positive for rabies. One was found on Harbor Lane, and the other in East Helena. – See 320x240http://www.kpax.com/news/two-bats-found-near-helena-test-positive-for-rabies/

New Jersey 09/19/13 Camden County: A bat killed in a Berlin Township residence on September 14th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://sj.sunne.ws/2013/09/19/43547/

Oklahoma 09/19/13 Marshall County: A sick dog brought to an animal clinic in Madill has tested positive for rabies. Some people had already been in contact with the unvaccinated dog’s saliva and are being treated for potential Vaccinate%20Your%20Pets%20WEBexposure. – See http://www.madillrecord.net/71403/1828/headline-news

Rhode Island 09/18/13 Providence County: Police in North Smithfield are warning residents to stay away from a stray orange cat because it may have rabies. The cat, which is a male, long-haired tabby weighing about 12 pounds, recently sustained and unknown injury and was quarantined in Massachusetts, but while the owner was visiting in N. Smithfield, the cat escaped and is currently loose in the vicinity of the Route 146 exchange on Greenville Road. – See http://www.abc6.com/story/23466719/north-smithfield-police-warn-of-possible-rabid-cat

CALIFORNIA confirms 13 MOUNTAIN LION attacks on humans in last 27 years ~ WYOMING issues MOUNTAIN LION warning ~ EEE & WNV reports from DE, & VT ~ RABIES reports from CT, NC, & CANADA: ALBERTA.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

California 08/31/13 CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife: Officials have confirmed 13 mountain lion attacks on humans between the ages of 5 and 70 years from March 1986 through July 2012. Of these, 3 were fatal. Other attacks have been reported in the state, but they were not confirmed. – For date and location of each attack see http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/lion/attacks.html

Lion.npsWyoming 08/30/13 Teton County: State and local officials have confirmed reports of a mountain lion sighting in west Jackson. They are attempting to trap and relocate the cat but until then a portion of the Flat Creek pathway has been closed. Local police are escorting schoolchildren through the area. – See http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/mountain-lion-spotted-in-west-jackson/article_48b50b46-4ebf-5efe-963d-35d0b689595c.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

DeDA_LOGODelaware 08/30/13 DE Dept of Agriculture: State officials announced today that a Kent County horse has tested positive for WNV. The horse, which is recovering well, is the state’s first confirmed equine case of WNV since 2003, said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst. “Prevention is key, and effective vaccines are available to help protect horses against these types of diseases,” said Hirst. – See http://news.delaware.gov/2013/08/30/horse-with-west-nile-virus-recovering-doing-well/

VT-DH_logo_vert_356Vermont 08/30/13 VT Dept of Health: EEE has been detected in more mosquitoes from the swampy areas of Whiting, nearby Leicester, and Brandon. Officials have confirmed EEE in five mosquito collected on August 26, 27 and 28. The virus was also recently detected in mosquitoes in Sudbury, from the opposite side of the swamp from where the Brandon mosquitoes were collected. “The entire area around this swamp system appears to be a hot spot for EEE,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. – See http://healthvermont.gov/news/2013/083013_eee_detected.aspx

Rabies:

1426663Connecticut 08/30/13 Fairfield County: Two cases of rabies were confirmed in New Canaan this week. A rabid raccoon fought with a dog in the vicinity of Greenley Road, and a rabid bat was found on the floor of a home on Meadow Lane. – See http://newcanaan.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/raccoon-bat-test-positive-for-rabies-in-new-canaan

bat86930North Carolina 08/31/13 Cumberland County: A bat found at a home on the 500 block of Nottingham Drive, off Stacey Weaver Drive, in the College Lakes neighborhood of Fayetteville, has tested positive for rabies. This is the 13th case of rabies found in the county this year. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/08/30/1279735?sac=fo.local

Canada:

LittleBrownBat_USDAAlberta 08/29/13 AL Health Authority: A bat that bit a person in Lethbridge has tested positive for rabies. The person was trying to stop a fight between the bat and a cat. This is the first case of rabies reported in Lethbridge in many years.– See http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/29/lethbridge-bat-bites-rabies_n_3839377.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-alberta

64-year-old ALASKAN killed by BEAR ~ ARIZONA hiker makes MOUNTAIN LION blink ~ ARIZONAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3 including first fatality, & UT ~ RABIES reports from CO, GA, OH, OR, RI, TX, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

Black bear. Photo by Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game.

Black bear. Photo by Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game.

Alaska 06/07/13 SE Fairbanks Census Area: adn.com: by Casey Grove – A bear killed a 64-year-old Fairbanks man late Thursday outside a cabin on Lake George, southeast of Delta Junction, according to Alaska State Troopers. It was unclear Friday what kind of bear attacked Robert Weaver, forcing a family member to hide inside the cabin and block the door, troopers said. A wildlife trooper shot and killed a black bear that “wandered on scene” later, but it is unknown if that is the bear that mauled Weaver, a troopers statement said. State wildlife biologists say they will examine its carcass and are looking into the circumstances of the rare fatal bear mauling in Interior Alaska. Weaver’s remains will undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage, troopers said.

ALASKA_MAPTroopers were in the field investigating Friday and working on other cases, so many details of the bear attack were unavailable, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Weaver’s next of kin, whom troopers are not identifying, called 911 to report the bear attack about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Peters said. The person said they were hiding inside a cabin and that a man was outside on the ground, the troopers statement said. “The person was advised to attempt to block the door,” Peters said. “There wasn’t a lot of items in the cabin to use to block the door. The response was large because without knowing how secure the individual inside the cabin was, there was definite concern for their safety.” Peters said troopers in an R-44 helicopter, Helo-2, tried to fly to the cabin but could not reach it “due to terrain.” Military rescuers in an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from Eielson Air Force Base hoisted down to the area of the cabin, Peters said. The wildlife trooper came by airboat with good Samaritans, she said. Just after 9 p.m., military personnel found Weaver dead outside the cabin and a person inside, troopers said. “Troopers searched the area but no bear was located,” the statement says. – For complete article see http://www.adn.com/2013/06/07/2931027/troopers-fairbanks-man-dead-in.htm

Mountain Lion Sightings:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArizona 06/06/13 tucsonnewsnow.com: by Carissa Planalp – A hiker who encountered a mountain lion along a popular trail may have successfully avoided an attack by removing his sun glasses. The trail at Sabino Canyon is expected to re-open tomorrow. When approached by animals on the trails, you’re supposed to wave your arms and make a lot of noise. That’s what one hiker did but it wasn’t working. It turned out that his sunglasses made the difference between life and death. Arizona Game and Fish tracks mountain lion activity. The agency receives up to 100 reports of sightings every year. But an encounter last week involving a hiker near Hutch’s pool raised serious concerns.

eye%20SM5K“The mountain lion was asleep and startled by his approach, moved off about 15 yards, and then started to move toward the hiker,” said Mark Hart with Game and Fish. The hiker yelled at the cat and waved his arms. The animal continued to approach until the man took off his sun glasses. “They eye contact basically sends a message that I’m not afraid, I’m going to stand my ground, and if you’ll notice, I’m bigger than you.” It’s unclear if the hiker’s direct eye contact is the reason the mountain lion decided to turn away, but Sabino Canyon hikers are taking note. – For complete article see http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/22527448/game-and-fish-give-mountain-lion-safety-tips

Hantavirus:

imagesCAULAVUQArizona 06/08/13 azdailysun.com: A Flagstaff woman has died from complications of the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. According to information from the Coconino County Public Health Services District, it is unknown where the woman contracted the virus. The disease is rare and is spread by infected rodent droppings. The disease is spread to people who come into contact with or breathe infected urine, droppings or saliva of wild mice — primarily deer mice. The illness is not spread from person to person. The last reported case in the county, according to the health district, was in 2007, and that person eventually recovered. Since 2006, there have been 22 confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state. Eleven of those cases ended in death. – For complete article see http://azdailysun.com/news/local/hantavirus-kills-flagstaff-woman/article_1f827a19-64a7-5f82-8592-f154ec2f28ba.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 06/09/13 Sacramento County: A male resident who tested positive for WNV earlier this year has died and is the state’s first human WNV-related fatality of 2013. Both birds and mosquitoes found in the county have also tested positive for the virus this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/09/5482701/sacramento-county-reports-first.html

disease%20cycleCalifornia 06/06/13 Los Angeles County: A San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District ecologist has confirmed that a bird found southeast of Santa Anita Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia has tested positive for WNV. Last year, there were 479 confirmed human cases of WNV in the state, including 20 fatalities. – See http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23406621/first-case-west-nile-virus-confirmed-dead-bird

west-nile-banner357California 06/06/13 Merced County: The county’s Mosquito Abatement District has announced that two dead crows found near 21st Street, east of G and T streets near Donna Drive in the northern part of the City of Merced have tested positive for WNV. – http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/06/06/3057719/first-trace-of-west-nile-virus.html

west-nile-virusUtah 06/06/13 Washington County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes captured in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581290/West-Nile-virus-rears-its-head-in-southwestern-Utah.html

Rabies:

knzjts-080709inknoseskunk - CopyColorado 06/07/13 Boulder County: A skunk found this week in the vicinity of Left Hand Canyon Drive north of the City of Boulder has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_23415063/skunk-found-north-boulder-tests-positive-rabies

0coonvsdog422 - CopyGeorgia 06/07/13 Hall County: A raccoon that fought with a dog in the Bills Circle area of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth confirmed case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=262322

Ohio 06/08/13 Medina County: A bat found in a home on Lake Road near Gloria Glens in Westfield Township has tested positive for rabies. This is the 4th bat to test positive for the virus in the county this year, and the 2nd in two weeks. – See http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2013/06/08/rabies-batPosteroutbreak-spreads-among-bats/

Oregon 06/07/13 Grant County: A bat that bit a woman in her home on May 21st in the southern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.opb.org/news/article/grant-county-woman-suffers-bat-bite/

Raccoons2 - CopyRhode Island 06/07/13 Kent County: Eighteen people, including four children, are being treated for exposure to the rabies virus after a family in Coventry found a baby raccoon and took it home as a pet. The incident occurred on May 29th when family members found the animal on John Franklin Road near the Scituate line. – See http://www.abc6.com/story/22528425/11-people-treated-for-rabbies-after-baby-racoon-brought-into-coventry-home

Texas 06/07/13 Jefferson County: A bat captured in Beaumont has tested positive for rabies after a professional who was removing bats from a house at 2486 Pierce Street was either bitten or otherwise exposed to the virus. – See http://www.12newsnow.com/story/22534554/beaumont-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies

big_brown_batNPSCanada:

Ontario 06/07/13 Grey County: A big brown bat found in the Flesherton community of Grey Highlands has tested positive for rabies. – See http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2013/06/07/first-confirmed-rabid-animal-in-2-years-in-grey-bruce/

BLACK BEAR attacks CONNECTICUT woman trying to protect her DOG ~ MOUNTAIN LION has CALIFORNIA neighborhood on edge ~ MONTANAN stalked by aggressive MOUNTAIN LION ~ SOUTH DAKOTA officials kill 4 MOUNTAIN LIONS in public safety interest ~ CANADIAN staves of MOUNTAIN LION attack with skateboard ~ COYOTES that attacked CONNECTICUT children had severe MANGE ~ CALIFORNIAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, LA, MI, & PA ~ RABIES reports from IL, MD, NJx4, NM, NC, OH, PA, TX, VAx4, & WV.

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Connecticut 05/30/13 Hartford County: A 200 pound black bear sow with two yearling cubs that attempted to attack a dog at the 49 Avondale Road home of Sharon Flannery in West Hartford attacked the dog’s owner instead, then the sow and her cubs climbed into a tree in another yard. Flannery was treated and released. The sow was euthanized in the public interest, but the two cubs were old enough to be returned to the wild. – See http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Bear-euthanized-after-it-attacks-woman-4563733.php

Mountain Lions:

moutain-lion-in-el-paso-01California 05/29/13 Contra Costa County: A neighborhood in Lafayette is on edge after a mountain lion was spotted twice in less than a week strolling along Sweet Drive. Officials believe the lion is hunting and will move on if people don’t offer food and take small pets inside at night. – See http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=9120617

2-mountain-lion-yellowstone-parkMontana 05/30/13 Carbon County: State and federal officials killed a mountain lion south of Red Lodge on Thursday after it stalked and tried to attack a woman walking her dog near her home along the West Fork of Rock Creek. – See http://www.kxlf.com/news/mountain-lion-euthanized-after-trying-to-attack-woman-with-dog/

DSC_9491_mountain_lion_family_crop-1South Dakota 05/29/13 Pennington and Fall River counties: State officials drove a mountain lion and her cubs hunting in Keystone back into the Black Hills, but six days later they were back hunting adjacent to the post office, businesses, and homes. On May 5-6 the lions were euthanized. In a separate May 6th incident, a male lion allegedly watching walkers and cyclists along a trail in the Angostura State Recreaton Area was also shot. – See http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/05/28/mountain-lion-control

Canada:

pouncing-cougarAlberta 05/28/13 Banff National Park: A reluctant caller reported a mountain lion attack on Thursday saying he was knocked to the ground and felt he had no choice but to battle the animal by hitting it with his skateboard. The caller said he was wearing earbuds, which allowed the lion to sneak up and attack him from behind. Fortunately, the victim managed to stun the lion long enough to makes his escape. Other reports indicate the lion is clearly hunting the area. – See http://www.inquisitr.com/678493/cougar-attack-skateboard-used-to-beat-off-rampaging-mountain-lion/

Coyote Attacks:

article-new_getty_xc_89689425Colorado 05/31/13 El Paso County: Wildlife officials have confirmed that the two coyotes that attacked two children at a Colorado Springs park earlier this month were both suffering from severe cases of the mange.The incident occurred at Goose Gossage Park near Fillmore and Mark Dabling. – See http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Officials-Coyotes-That-Attacked-Children-Had-Mange-209637821.html

Hantavirus:

deermouse_USDACalifornia 05/31/13 Fresno County: Public health officials have confirmed that a woman has died of Hantavirus. They said she likely came in contact with the virus while in Arizona and Utah. In California, only deer mice are known to carry the virus. – See http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/05/31/3322392/fresno-county-woman-dies-from.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

080722_west_nile_generic (2)California 05/27/13 South Los Angeles County: Mosquito samples taken from the Machado Lake area between Wilmington and Harbor City have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.signalscv.com/section/287/article/96992/

wozniakDSCF2985Louisiana 05/31/13 wafb.com: It is reported that the latest tests from the statewide WNV surveillance program show at least six locations where mosquitoes are carrying the virus, including West Baton Rouge Parish. – See http://www.wafb.com/story/22469150/mosquito-west-nile-activity-begins-for-summer

turkey1IOWAdnr.govMichigan 05/31/13 Gratiot County: Health officials have confirmed that WNV has been detected in a wild turkey. No human cases have been reported this year. Last year, 202 human cases were reported including 17 WNV-related fatalities. – See http://www.freep.com/article/20130531/NEWS06/305310068/West-Nile-virus-found-in-Michigan

200px-Map_of_Pennsylvania_highlighting_Erie_County_svgPennsylvania 05/31/13 Erie County: Health officials have confirmed that a mosquito captured in Harborcreek Township has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.goerie.com/article/20130531/NEWS02/305319877/Erie-County-reports-first-West-Nile-infected-bug

Rabies:

Illinois 05/31/13 McHenry County: A bat found in a shed in Marengo has tested positive for rabies. At least one human has been potentially exposed to the virus. – See http://algonquin.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mchenry-320x240county-reports-first-rabid-bat-of-2013

Maryland 05/31/13 Anne Arundel County: A bat found inside an Annapolis apartment Thursday in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive at Woodside Garden Apartments has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/annapolis/bs-md-ar-bat-rabies-20130531,0,7005313.story

New Jersey 06/01/13 Atlantic County: A cat in Hamilton Township that displayed suspicious symptoms has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/hamilton-darlingcat-mattapoisett-Ma.govtwp/hamilton-twp-general-news/39445-rabies-confirmed-in-hamilton-township-pet-cat.html

New Jersey 05/31/13 Mercer County: A cat belonging to someone in May’s Landing has been euthanized after showing symptoms of rabies. Further testing confirmed he cat was rabid. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/22473224/rabies-confirmed-in-hamilton-twp-cat

New Jersey 05/30/13 Passaic County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of West End Avenue in Little Falls on May 22nd has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.northjersey.com/news/209541351_Little_Falls_issues_rabies_alert_after_rabid_racoon_found.html

angry%20racNew Jersey 05/28/13 Somerset County: A sickly raccoon shot by a Bernardsville police officer  on May 17th has tested positive for rabies. However, there is no proof the animal killed on Seney Drive and Anderson Hill Road was the same one reported to have attacked a 6-year-old girl late last month who was playing in the family’s backyard on Somerset Avenue. – See http://baskingridge.patch.com/articles/positive-rabies-results-for-raccoon-killed-in-bernardsville

grounded%20batNew Mexico 05/28/13 Bernalilo County: A bat found in Northeast Albuquerque on May 11th in the vicinity of the 1600 block of Betts NE has tested positive for rabies. A number of children were reportedly taking pictures of the animal but it is not known if any of the children were exposed to the virus. – See http://www.cibolabeacon.com/news/briefs/health-department-confirms-rabies-in-bat/article_efec6892-c6e1-11e2-b00b-001a4bcf887a.html

111009110345_Raccoon3 - CopyNorth Carolina 05/30/13 Orange County: A raccoon that attacked a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of Eno River Trail in Durham on May 24th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/sixth-rabies-case-reported-for-orange-county-1.150931

batinlaundryOhio 05/30/13 Medina County: A bat found in a home on Norwalk Road in Litchfield Township has tested positive for rabies. This is the third rabid bat found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_medina/bat-found-in-litchfield-township-home-is-third-rabid-bat-found-in-medina-county-this-year

5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingPennsylvania 05/27/13 Lehigh and Northampton counties: Bethlehem police shot and killed a fox today for aggressive behavior fearing it had rabies. Officials confirmed the animal did have rabies. Anyone experiencing direct contact with a fox this past weekend in the vicinity of W. Market St and Central Blvd. or Oak Hollow apartments in W. Bethlehem  should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/05/bethlehem_fox_killed_for_aggre.html

rabiesAlert521d4-1Texas 05/31/13 Taylor County: by Robert Herriman – The City of Abilene Animal Services is advising citizens who may have visited the Animal Shelter, located at 925 S. 25 Street, between the dates of Wednesday, May 22 and Friday, May 24 to call 325-437-4585 and leave the requested information after a puppy at the shelter tested positive for the lethal virus, rabies, according to a news release Thursday.  The puppy, a Blue Heeler mix, was brought in to the shelter on Wednesday, May 22, with no unusual symptoms. By Friday, May 24, the puppy was acting erratically and, for the safety of the general population, was humanely euthanized. KTXS 12 reports that at least three people were given rabies prophylaxis, including two Abilene city workers. – See http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/abilene-animal-services-warn-public-of-puppy-that-tested-positive-for-rabies-at-shelter-66517/

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAVirginia 06/01/13 A feral cat that came in contact with at least two people in the vicinity of Sandy Lake Drive in the Westview lakes area of Hampton has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/hampton/animals-with-rabies-found-on-peninsula

Virginia 05/31/13 Dinwiddie County: A raccoon picked up earlier this week in the Baugh Road area of Carson has tested positive for rabies. – See raccoon_lghttp://wtvr.com/2013/05/31/rabid-raccoon-spotted-in-dinwiddie-county/

Virginia 05/31/13 Newport News: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Crafford Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wtkr.com/2013/05/31/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-newport-news-neighborhood-3/

Virginia 05/30/13 Henrico County: A raccoon involved in a fight with two dogs on Sunday in the 8300 block of Woodman Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/henricoimagesCAQVTCKP/article_9cfe81c2-c922-11e2-84fb-001a4bcf6878.html

West Virginia 05/31/13 Monongalia County: A raccoon and a fox from the area have tested positive for rabies. The fox bit an 86-year-old man at this Fairview Road home on Friday. – See http://www.wboy.com/story/22450275/fox-bites-monongalia-county-man-tests-positive-for-rabies