Mississippi 01/24/11 nems360.com: A bill pending before the state Senate would authorize the raising of genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in Mississippi. The bill, approved last week by the Senate Wildlife Committee, would allow the import and export of farm-raised white tail deer, including semen, ova, and embryos. Sen. Tommy Gollott, a Republican from Biloxi, tells WLBT-TV in Jackson that the practice could bring millions to the state annually. He says Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama already engage in this buying, selling, and hunting of white tail deer. “It will allow the small farms to have enclosures where they can raise these deer, sell the deer, buy deer from outside the state of Mississippi,” Gollott said. The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is against the practice saying it could cause contamination. “It’s happened in other states where they have pin raised deer where you have things like chronic wasting disease that can be passed to our native white-tail deer,” said MWF director Kathy Shropshire. Gollott said the state veterinarian would oversee each operation, which would be required to buy an annual license.
North Carolina 01/24/11 the-dispatch.com: A rabid fox found Jan. 13 in northwestern Davidson County has become the first case of rabies for the year, according to the county health department. The fox in the Clemmons community was in a fight with a dog that was not properly vaccinated. The fox was killed by the owner of the dog. The dog has been destroyed. There was no human exposure reported. If there are stray dogs, cats or wildlife in your neighborhood, call Animal Control at 249-0131. Call the Rabies Hotline at 242-2348 if you or your pet comes in contact with another animal.
Virginia 01/24/11 wric.com: Health officials have confirmed Roanoke’s first rabies case of the year. The Virginia Department of Health said Monday that a rabid raccoon was found Friday in the city. The state agency is asking residents to contact the Roanoke City Health Department if they know of any possible human or animal contact with the raccoon. As of Monday, no exposures have been reported.