Virginia takes inventory of Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife; stray Dogs kill Calves in Utah; Rabies reports from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Texas; and a Coyote report from Virginia. Travel Warnings for Australia, Bolivia, and the Maldive Islands.

A Blue Ridge Parkway project using remote animal cameras has captured images of black bear, deer, bobcats and coyotes. A recent grant could allow the project to areas near Waynesboro

Virginia 04/11/11 by Bob Stuart – Call it an inventory of Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife. A parkway project using remote animal cameras from the Roanoke area to the North Carolina line has captured images of black bear, deer, bobcats and coyotes. The animals are often seen lurking in the night. And a parkway biologist based in Floyd County said a recent $4,200 grant from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation could allow the project to be extended to the parkway’s northern areas near Montebello and Waynesboro. Parkway Wildlife Biologist Tom Davis said the cameras are mounted inside a metal box

Blue Ridge Parkway

on a tree 10 to 15 inches above ground, and an infrared beam triggers shots of animals that come into the range of the cameras. The cameras are used from May to October and checked every few weeks.  “We are just inventorying what is out there,” Davis said. The National Park Service wants to gain a better understanding of the parkway’s biodiversity and species, he said. “There have been a lot more coyote photos,” he said. “There have been coyotes at 80 percent of the sites.” Foxes have also shown up on cameras as well as an abundance of black bears. Davis said the occasional bobcat sighting has also been recorded, but he described bobcats “as shy and secretive.” The rarest sighting has been that of a Great Blue Heron, Davis said.

Utah 04/12/11: The Uintah Basin Standard reports that stray dogs killed and mutilated three calves belonging to Val and Gwen Killian of Cedarview. According to the report, the Killians have lost more than 10 percent of their herd this year. Duchesne County Deputy Sheriff Derek Dalton said they know who owns one of the dogs and the owner will be held responsible. (To read the article go to,9125

Connecticut 04/11/11 by Greg Smith – A Franklin teen and a regional animal control officer are taking preventative rabies vaccination shots after they were exposed last week to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. Regional Animal Control Officer Michael Murphy said he was called to the home of a Franklin teen on Thursday to find that the unidentified teen had killed a raccoon that was fighting with his dog. Murphy said the raccoon, which was inside the dog’s kennel, had been stabbed to death with a hunting knife. The teen was scratched by the raccoon, which tests confirmed was rabid, Murphy said. Murphy said the dog is likely to be quarantined.

Massachusetts 04/11/11 Mattapoisett residents are being asked to be on alert for two foxes spotted near Eldorado Drive and the Bay Club both believed to have rabies. They may both be the same animal. If you happen to spot a disoriented fox you are asked to stay away from it Do Not Approach the Animal. Call Mattapoisett Police at 508-758-4141 immediately.

New York 04/11/11 Two rabid cats have been found on the east side of the Hudson River and in each case, the animal died. The Westchester County Department of Health issued a rabies warning to residents who may have had contact with a rabid cat in the vicinity of Bretton Road between Dover lane and Odell Avenue in the Homefield section of the City of Yonkers prior to Monday, April 4. The cat was white with patches of gray stripes and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment on Friday because it was staggering and had collapsed. It died at the hospital and test results confirmed Monday that it was rabid. Anyone who believes he may have had contact with the cat should call the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at 914-813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment. Meanwhile, a dead cat was found in Pine Plains on Sunday, according to the Dutchess County Department of Health. As a result, an automated telephone message was delivered to individuals living within the areas of Woodside Street, Jackson Road, Willow Street, Britton Street and Meusel Road in the Town of Pine Plains. The message informed residents that a gray and black tiger striped rabid cat had been found and if anyone had been bitten or if their pet had been bitten in the past 10 days, they should call the department at 845-486-3404.

North Carolina 04/12/11 On April 7, Cleveland County Animal Control received a complaint at 1138 Longbranch Road, Grover, in reference to a raccoon on the property displaying abnormal behavior. The Cleveland County Health Department was notified on April 11 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.  This makes the second rabies case in Cleveland County so far this year. Anyone who sees an animal demonstrating unusual behavior is asked to call the Cleveland County Animal Control Department at 481-9884.

Texas 04/11/11 Williamson County has had 11 bats, 15 skunks, and one raccoon test positive for rabies so far this year. Several cases of rabies develop throughout Texas in wild and domestic animals annually.

Virginia 04/11/11 by Wayne Covil – South Richmond – When you think of animals living in Richmond you probably think of dogs or cats or maybe deer. But two Richmond police officers spotted something unusual on the prowl on the City’s Southside Monday morning. Police tell CBS 6 the officers were on patrol near Carter Jones Park when they saw two coyotes chasing a deer. Some people living nearby say this isn’t the first time they’ve spotted a coyote in their neighborhood. One neighbor tells CBS 6 they saw another coyote chasing a dog last year.

Travel Warnings:

Australia 04/12/11 by Lucy Rickard – People living and holidaying in northern and central WA (Western Australia) are again being put on mosquito alert following a high number of reports of encephalitis and Ross River viruses. Department of Health entomologist Sue Harrington confirmed this morning that a Carnarvon resident has been diagnosed with the potentially fatal encephalitis while several other cases are currently being investigated. Symptoms of the virus include fever, drowsiness, headache, stiff neck, nausea and dizziness. In severe cases, people can have fits, lapse into a coma and may be left with permanent brain damage or die from the virus. Encephalitis can be caused by either the Murray Valley or Kunjin strains, which have both been detected in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions through a surveillance program being run by the University of WA. Ms Harrington said reports of Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses cases had also been on the rise across the regions, and that there is no cure for these diseases. Symptoms for both viruses include painful joints, aching muscles, lethargy, fever and skin rashes and can last from days to months. MVE cannot be transmitted from person to person; mosquito bites are the only ways a person can become infected.

Bolivia 04/12/11 U.S. Embassy La Paz – This warden message informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Bolivia of a dengue outbreak in the lower-lying regions of the country. Bolivian Ministry of Health officials have reported that an outbreak of dengue in the departments of Santa Cruz and Beni has claimed the lives of 23 people and affected at least 4,000 others. The Embassy is aware of at least two U.S. citizens who have contracted the disease.

Maldive Islands 04/12/11 by JJ Robinson – The Maldives is battling a growing epidemic of dengue fever which is believed to have contributed to the deaths of at least five people this year. More than 300 cases were reported in the first two months of 2011, compared with 737 cases and two fatalities reported last year. Many cases have been reported in Male’, although most of the fatalities have been islanders. One patient died during transit to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), and the more serious cases have disproportionately affected children.


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