Florida 01/23/12 CBS12.com: Nearly a dozen pets have been mauled in recent months and local veterinarians believe a pack of bobcats is to blame. The bobcats have been spotted daily in Martin County on the peninsula of Rocky Point. Port Salerno Animal Hospital Veterinarian Jason White knows all too well about the bobcats wreaking havoc in Rocky Point. “There have been some cats attacked and some cats actually killed by bobcats. My recommendation is for people that live in that area to keep your cats inside, and if they are outside, they need to be monitored,” said White. Jill Welter tried to protect her pet chickens. “Well the cat was able to jump the four-foot fence, so we ended up putting up the seven-foot fence to keep the cat from attacking any more chickens. We lost three chickens total,” said Welter. Three chickens, five cats, and two dogs have been attacked in recent months. “They see another cat in their area and they attack. The cats are no match for a bobcat–a bobcat is a big cat,” said White.
Bobcats, like the ones attacking in Rocky Point, are territorial. They don’t kill pets for food, instead, they are marking their territory. The reason they’ve been more aggressive is because the Rocky Point bobcats have kittens. “Apparently there’s a mom a dad, and babies, two babies,” said Welter. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say the bobcats are protected under state law and cannot be killed or even harmed unless a human is attacked. For now, neighbors are building fences and keeping their pets indoors.
Missouri 01/24/12 lincolncountyjournal.com: by Bob Simmons – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north-central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms deer season. Both positive test results were from adult bucks harvested by Missouri hunters in Macon County, and are the first CWD-positive results for free-ranging deer in Missouri. MDC plans to obtain more tissue samples for CWD testing by harvesting additional deer in the immediate area where the two infected deer were harvested. “Teamwork among landowners, hunters and MDC staff allowed us to detect this infection early,” said MDC Deer Biologist Jason Sumners. “We will be working with local landowners to harvest additional deer for tissue sampling. This is a first step and one of our best hopes for containing, and perhaps even eliminating, what we believe to be a recent localized event.” MDC staff have contacted the two Missouri hunters who harvested the CWD-positive bucks to inform them of the situation and answer questions. – For complete article see http://www.lincolncountyjournal.com/?p=2203
Ohio 01/24/12 Niles, Trumbull County: The city is hiring a company to capture at least two wild coyotes that were seen recently near George Street, Washington and Kennedy Park areas. Councilman Dave Wilkerson said a resident photographed two coyotes in the area this weekend. The coyotes seen this weekend were within two blocks of a home in which a woman’s small dog was dragged out of the yard and killed Jan. 3 by what may have been a coyote. “We (the city) hired a trapper for health and safety of the people living in the neighborhood,” Wilkerson said. “We want people to know a trapper will be in the area, so people will allow him to do his job.” Brian Adkins, owner of Brian’s Wildlife Nuisance, 1433 state Route 7, Brookfield, said he saw a lot of signs of coyotes in Niles when he was inspecting the area Monday. “They are elusive animals,” Adkins said. “They don’t like being around people.” Adkins is concerned about the sightings because there has been raccoon rabies identified in Trumbull County, and that can be spread to coyotes. – See http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/567013/Coyote-hunt-is-on-in-Niles.html?nav=5021
Wyoming 01/23/12 Jackson Hole, Teton County: A mountain lion with two approximately 7-month-old kittens were spotted Saturday near the Cache Creek trailhead, prompting Bridger-Teton National Forest officials to alert residents and trail users. Trails in the area remain open, forest officials said in a press release, and forest biologists and winter patrollers, along with Wyoming Game and Fish personnel, are using dogs to try to haze the cat family farther up the canyon. – See http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=8162
North Carolina 01/24/12 Morehead City, Carteret County: A raccoon that killed a chicken and bit two dogs has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.jdnews.com/news/raccoon-99841-carteret-county.html
(January 16, 2012: EUROPEAN scientists alarmed by NEW VIRUS detected in LIVESTOCK.)
Europe 01/23/12 Guardian.co.uk: A virus which causes miscarriages and birth deformities in farm animals, though it is not known to affect humans, has been confirmed at four sheep farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex. The Schmallenberg virus is believed to be carried by midges. It surfaced in the Netherlands and Germany in August 2011, and since then on hundreds of farms there and in Belgium. The microbe is difficult to detect in adult animals, and is apparent only when they gestate. There is no known treatment or vaccine. The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge has done laboratory tests confirming Schmallenberg virus is in the UK. It said in a statement: “Although there are still some uncertainties, the risk to human health from is likely to be very low.” – For complete article see http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/23/schmallenberg-virus-confirmed-uk-farms?newsfeed=true