WOMAN in Idaho attacked and rescuer gored by MULE DEER ~ Florida confirms locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ CDC notified that HUMAN RABIES VACCINE supply limited ~ Mississippi confirms fourth WEST NILE VIRUS death this year ~ U.S. Fish & Wildlife approves removing Wyoming’s GRAY WOLF population from Endangered List ~ Canada: Bow hunter in Ontario survives BLACK BEAR attack ~ AUTHOR’S NOTE.

Mule deer buck. Courtesy National Park Service.

Idaho 10/03/11 washingtonpost.com: A woman was able to escape an attack by a mule deer after a passer-by and his daughter fought off the buck, grabbing the antlers and striking it with a hammer until it fled, state wildlife officials said. Sue Panter was on a stroll near her home in rural southeastern Idaho when the buck attacked, raking her body with his antlers and goring her legs, officials said. Michael Vaughan and his 17-year-old daughter, Alexis, spotted the struggle early Friday and tried to intervene, the state Department of Fish and Game said in a statement Sunday. Vaughan’s daughter got out of their vehicle and started punching the deer, while he grabbed the buck by the antlers, which allowed Panter to escape, according to the agency. Vaughan said that while he wrestled with the buck, his daughter retrieved a hammer and struck the deer. Vaughan’s daughter then drove Panter and her father to a hospital, where they were treated and released on Friday. The man’s legs were punctured three times during the struggle, wildlife officials said.

Mule deer buck fight.

The buck in the attack was a young adult, which on average weigh about 250 pounds, officials said. It was unclear why the animal attacked the woman. Such confrontations are unusual, but the behavior that was reported is typical of deer that have been reared as pets, according to state wildlife officials. “A possibility is that this deer was found in the wild and taken home and raised by somebody,” said Senior Conservation Officer Korey Owens. “Then it’s become habituated to humans so it’s not afraid of humans anymore, that’s a possibility.” These unprovoked attacks by domesticated, or “pet deer,” are very rare but have been reported in Idaho, said Blake Phillips, regional conservation officer for state Department of Fish and Game’s southeast region.

Panter was “really traumatized” when the hospital called authorities to report the attack, Senior Conservation Officer Korey Owens said Monday. Panter had played dead during the attack hoping that would discourage the deer, wildlife officials said. Her husband, who was at work, told him she had tried to remain in the roadway as the deer gored her, wildlife officials said. “She felt that if she got pushed off the road and into the cornfield, no one would see her struggling or even know she was there,” Panter told wildlife officials. Officials were searching for the buck, which will be euthanized and tested for rabies and other diseases.

Aedes aegypti

Florida 10/04/11 patch.com: by Mike Wells – The Hillsborough County Health Department is investigating a locally acquired case of dengue fever in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. This case follows a recently identified case from the same household who was infected while traveling in the Caribbean. An additional Seminole Heights resident, who traveled on the same trip to the Caribbean, was also infected with dengue fever while there. Dengue fever (pronounced den’ gee) is a disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Dengue is not spread directly from person-to-person. Mosquitoes usually bite at dusk and dawn, but the mosquitoes that carry dengue bite during the day as well – especially indoors, in shady areas, or when the weather is cloudy. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aedes aegypti (pronounced edis egyp-tie) mosquito is the main transmitter of dengue viruses.

Aedes albopictus

In some cases, the Aedes albopictus mosquito has also transmitted the disease. Both of these mosquitoes are present in Hillsborough County, however, there have not been any locally acquired dengue cases here in recent history. – For complete article including prevention tips go to http://seminoleheights.patch.com/articles/mosquito-born-dengue-fever-strikes-in-seminole-heights

National 09/30/11 cdc.gov: News Release – CDC has been notified that Novartis Vaccines currently has a limited supply of their human rabies vaccine, RabAvert, in their inventory. However, there is a normal supply of RabAvert in the wholesaler/distributor channels. At this time, there are no changes to the ACIP recommendations for either pre or post-exposure prophylaxis. Novartis does have a limited supply of RabAvert in inventory and can make product available to physicians who are not able to order through a wholesaler/distributor and who need RabAvert for post-exposure prophylaxis. Novartis expects to have additional supply of product available in November. CDC is working together with FDA and the vaccine producers to ensure that no rabies vaccine shortage develops. – For complete release go to http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/resources/news/2011-09-30.html?source=govdelivery

Mississippi 10/03/11 clarionledger.com: Seven newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 46. On Monday, the state Department of Health reported a death in Leflore County. So far this year, four people have died from the virus. The seven new human cases were in Jones (2), Leflore, Madison, Rankin, Sunflower and Winston counties.

Wyoming 10/04/11 fws.gov: News Release – Following approval of a revised wolf management plan by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Due to recovery efforts and the provisions of the revised state plan, the Wyoming wolf population is healthy and stable, current and future threats to wolves have been addressed, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed. Today’s formal proposal follows an agreement with the state of Wyoming that serves as the blueprint for returning wolf management to state control — announced in principle in July and with more detail in August. If this proposal is finalized, the gray wolf would be delisted in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and future management for this species, except in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, would be conducted by the appropriate State or tribal wildlife agencies. “After years of hard work by the Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners to achieve the successful recovery of wolves in the northern Rockies, Wyoming wolves are ready to stand on their own under the management of the professional wildlife biologists of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “We expect Wyoming’s wolf population will be maintained well above recovery levels under State management, and we have worked with the State to develop a strong post-delisting monitoring and management plan to ensure that this remarkable conservation success endures for future generations.” The Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population is biologically recovered, with more than 1,650 wolves, 244 packs and over 110 breeding pairs. It has exceeded recovery goals for 11 consecutive years, fully occupies nearly all suitable habitat, and has high levels of genetic diversity. – For complete release go to http://onlinepressroom.net/fws/

Canada:

Ontario 10/04/11 kenoradailyminerandnews.com: by Reg Clayton – A Kenora area hunter is lucky to be alive after fighting off a (black) bear attack, Sept. 26. The 48-year-old man was treated for puncture wounds to his arm, shoulder and neck at Lake of the Woods District Hospital and released later the same afternoon. The bear was mortally wounded during the encounter and did not survive. A Ministry of Natural Resources official credits the man for taking action to save his life.  “It was a dangerous situation,” affirmed MNR Lake of the Woods supervisor Leo Heyens. “He did all the right things. If he hadn’t fired an arrow or fought back, yelling and making himself look big, it could have been more serious.” The hunter is a close friend of Paul Batiuk of Batiuk Guiding and Outfitting. Batiuk explained the man was archery hunting for moose alone while he and son Kyle guided another group of six hunters. The identity of the individual has not been released at his request. “He just wants to get back to work and normal life,” Batiuk related. “The experience has changed him you can tell, he will hunt again but says he will never hunt alone.”. . . Batiuk described the bear as a mature boar estimating its weight at about 300 lbs. but given the size of its head and paws he says in a normal year such a bear would weigh much more, between 400 and 450 lbs. – For complete article go to http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3321928

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