Colorado toddler attacked by Coyote; Michigan woman attacked by Black Bear; Utah man survives brush with Mountain Lion; West Nile Virus reports from Colorado, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania (2); and Rabies reports from Connecticut, and North Carolina. Canada: West Nile Virus report from Ontario.

Coyote. Photo by Sally King. Courtesy National Park Service.

Colorado 07/19/11 The search is on for a coyote that bit a Broomfield toddler on Monday evening. Once found, the animal, which is now deemed a public safety risk, will be killed. The 21/2-year-old boy, who was not seriously hurt, was walking with his father and 9-month-old sister around 8 p.m. Monday in the Anthem neighborhood in northern Broomfield when the attack happened. The boy’s father, who asked not to be identified to protect his family, said a small coyote emerged from tall grass adjacent to the trail and bit the boy on his back and buttocks.  “As soon as I saw (the coyote) I started yelling and stuff,” he said. “He still had time to knock my son over and bite him in the lower back area. (The coyote) then ran about 20 or 25 yards up the trail before turning around and looking at me before running off.”  The father immediately took his children home and drove his son to The Children’s Hospital urgent care center on Colo. 7. He said his son received a rabies vaccination and is recovering well from the incident.  While the incident certainly shook him, he doesn’t think it will sour his family’s love of the outdoors.  “We love being outside and we love wildlife, but obviously it was a little bit traumatic for me to see,” he said. ” So, I think right now my attitude has changed a little bit, but I think over time it will subside and go back to where it was, which was not overly concerned (about wildlife). I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.”

Broomfield Animal Control and Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officers were called to the area on Monday. Wildlife officers began a search for the coyote, which is still ongoing.  The attack is being classified as “dangerous coyote behavior” as listed in the city’s policy on coexistence for wildlife, which means once it is located the coyote will be killed by wildlife officers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for responding to incidents involving wildlife and human contact. (For complete article go to )

Michigan 07/19/11 A 64-year-old woman survived an attack Monday by a captive, nearly 400-pound black bear while feeding two of the animals on private property in Michigan’s remote western Upper Peninsula, state law enforcement officials said. Authorities said the woman from Ewen was attacked by the 19-year-old bear named Daisy while feeding the bears in a large, fenced-in area in Ontonagon County’s McMillan Township. Police said the woman, who was alone and helping another woman who owned the bears, drove a short distance home and called 911. She was taken to an Ironwood hospital and airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wisconsin. Police said she had back, neck and arm injuries, including bites and cuts from claws but is expected to be released Wednesday. The bear escaped and was killed by a state trooper, authorities said. The woman’s name was not released. “It’s an unfortunate accident,” said Sgt. Steven Burton of the Department of Natural Resources’ law enforcement division, adding the DNR-licensed facility was “very clean and well-run.” Burton said the area contains three pens, and people can lock bears out while feeding the animals. The woman didn’t see Daisy and thought the pen she was entering was clear. “That’s when Daisy heard her, most likely felt threatened and attacked her,” Burton said. The bears, much larger than average wild bears in Michigan, came from a wildlife center in Colorado and lived in a fenced-in area built exclusively for them, he said. The animals were kept as pets and not on public display. Daisy’s head will be tested for rabies, but Burton said it’s not suspected. The second bear, a 17-year-old 350-pounder, was not part of the attack and remains at the property. Burton said black bears can be dangerous and aggressive but usually do not attack people. He said they are “more of a nuisance than anything.”

Utah 07/19/11 A Utah man who found himself face-to-face with a mountain lion while working in his driveway kicked the cat in the face — and got a sore toe as its fang went through his shoe, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported Monday. Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson said officials are still searching for the mountain lion near Wanship, about 37 miles from Salt Lake City, as some of its behaviors were characteristic of a high-risk animal. If authorities locate the cat it will be destroyed, he said, as he urged residents to be wary and call authorities if they see it in the area. The man kicked out at the animal, Johnson said, with one of its teeth puncturing the sole of his Crocs-style shoe and hurting his toe.

Colorado 07/19/11 Boulder County Public Health confirmed today that a Longmont woman developed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Colorado this season. The 47-year-old woman reported that she first became ill on July 4, according to Boulder County Public Health. She reportedly developed a severe head ache, body aches and extreme fatigue. She was not hospitalized, and her symptoms have since improved. News of the case and increasing mosquito numbers have prompted the city of Longmont to spray adulticide in five mosquito-heavy areas starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday.  Adulticide will be sprayed at: Fox Hill Golf Course, Jim Hamm Nature Area, Sandstone Ranch, Union Reservoir, and St. Vrain Greenway from Martin Street East to Sandstone Ranch.

Missouri 07/18/11 Collections of mosquitoes from the Hillsboro area have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first collection of mosquitoes in Jefferson County where mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus this year. The Jefferson County Health Department conducted mosquito tests in the areas directly affected on July 17. The department will continue to monitor mosquito activity throughout the county to determine levels of West Nile activity.

New York 07/18/11 West Nile Virus is back in Nassau County and has made its first appearance in West Hempstead, according to officials. The Nassau County Department of Health announced Monday that it has identified the county’s first isolation of West Nile virus (WNV) from a mosquito. The virus was identified in a sample of Culex pipiens-restuans mosquitoes, collected on July 8 in West Hempstead and test results were confirmed Monday by the New York State Department of Health. To date, no humans have tested positive for West Nile virus in Nassau County.

Pennsylvania 07/19/11 A mosquito collection in Springettsbury Township has tested positive for West Nile virus by the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to a news release. Six mosquito collections have tested positive for the virus in York County. Additional surveillance and mosquito trapping in Springettsbury Township is being performed by the Penn State Cooperative Extension and state DEP staff.

Pennsylvania 07/18/11 Two crows found in College Township have tested positive for the West Nile virus, bringing to three the number of birds in Centre County that have tested positive for the virus. The tests have were done on one crow found in State College Borough, and two found in neighboring College Township, said Bert Lavan, of the county Planning and Community Development Office. More significant was a mosquito sample from State College Borough that the DEP last week confirmed as having tested positive for the virus. Because birds can travel some distance, a finding of the virus in mosquitos is a better indication that the virus is present locally. According to Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant, the mosquito sample that tested positive was found on campus. Statewide, there have been 67 cases of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus. Centre County is the only county, according to the DEP website, where birds have tested positive.

Connecticut 07/18/11 by Julianne Hanckel – Animal Control Officers have investigated 10 cases over the past two weeks where animals were suspected of or tested positive for rabies. “We’ve had an unusual amount of cases in a short time in Mystic,” Police Captain Jerry Desmond said this afternoon. He is warning residents in the Mystic area to be on the lookout for animals displaying rabid behavior, as the majority of the rabid foxes, raccoons, skunks and a cat were found near Mystic. Some animals also were found in Stonington. Desmond said two animals did test positive for rabies while the others are “suspected to have rabies because of their mannerisms.” Anyone with questions or in need of assistance may contact Animal Control at (860) 599-7566.

North Carolina 07/18/11 On July 14, 2011 Cleveland County Animal Control received a complaint at 113 Holden Dr. Earl, North Carolina in reference to a fox on the property displaying abnormal behavior. The Cleveland County Health Department was notified on July 18, 2011 that the fox tested positive for rabies. This makes the third (3rd) rabies case in Cleveland County in 2011. Anyone that sees an animal demonstrating unusual behavior needs to call the Cleveland County Animal Control Department at 481-9884.


Ontario 07/18/11 by Daniel Kaszor – In what has become a sombre annual tradition, City of Toronto scientists have uncovered the summer’s first West Nile-infected mosquito. “This is a reminder; West Nile virus has established itself in Southern Ontario,” says Dan Kartzalis, Manager of the West Nile Virus program for Toronto Public Health. An alert on the city of Toronto’s website reminds residents to use mosquito repellent, wear light-coloured clothing and eliminate standing water where the mosquitoes can lay their eggs. In 2002, a wave of West Nile mosquitoes killed 11 Torontonians and infected 163 others. There have been no West Nile deaths in Toronto since 2005, a fact that has made Torontonians “complacent,” says Mr. Kartzalis. “We don’t want to alarm people … but if you were to be bitten by a mosquito with West Nile virus, there is a chance that you could get seriously ill and even die,” he says. As the summer progresses, notes Mr. Kartzalis, the disease will become more potent. Ever since the 2002 outbreak, Toronto public health officials have maintained a city-wide network of 43 mosquito traps to keep tabs on the flying insects. Dry ice canisters on the traps are used to attract the insects, since the carbon dioxide they give off resembles human breath. When the mosquitoes get close, a battery powered fan then sucks them into a collection bag where they can be examined by scientists.


One response to “Colorado toddler attacked by Coyote; Michigan woman attacked by Black Bear; Utah man survives brush with Mountain Lion; West Nile Virus reports from Colorado, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania (2); and Rabies reports from Connecticut, and North Carolina. Canada: West Nile Virus report from Ontario.

  1. How sad for the baby but thank goodness he is ok. Also, how sad for the bear who was doing just what bears are meant to do…once again human error causes an animal to be destroyed……….

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