Missouri confirms captive WHITE-TAILED DEER tested positive for CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ South Carolina wildlife professionals say COYOTE population increase is significant ~ and RABIES reports from Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia.

White-tailed buck. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Missouri 10/20/11 mo.gov: News Release – The Missouri departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a captive white-tailed deer in Macon County, Missouri has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. “We have a plan in place and our team is actively working to ensure that this situation is addressed quickly and effectively,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Linda Hickam. “Fortunately there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans, non cervid livestock, household pets or food safety.” The animal that tested positive for CWD was a captive white-tailed deer inspected as part of the State’s CWD surveillance and testing program. Preliminary tests were conducted by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. – For complete news release go to http://mda.mo.gov/news/2011/Chronic_Wasting_Disease_Found_in_Captive_Deer

South Carolina 10/20/11 wbtv.com: by Trent Faris – Chris Joyce manages a 17-hundred acre wild life game preserve in Lancaster County; four years ago he wouldn’t see any coyotes on his property. “This year we’ve already seen three different packs (about) seven to 10,” said Joyce. The coyotes have wreaked havoc on his duck population. “They’ve eaten 600 ducks this year alone,” said Joyce. The coyotes are also eating rabbits, turkeys and deer fawns. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says since 2002, the deer population has declined by more than 30 percent mostly due to coyotes. “Coyotes are non native invasive species to South Carolina Coyotes are not originally from South Carolina,” said Officer Shawn Hannah, game warden with SCDNR.

Hanna says coyotes first appeared in the upstate in 1978 illegally imported into South Carolina for hound running, they are now present all over the state. Now the coyotes that are here are breeding and spreading. “With urban sprawl and the population increase of the coyotes you’re going to see them,” said Joyce. Some coyote sightings have even been in people’s back yards. Hannah says coyotes try to avoid humans so it’s rare for humans to see coyotes, but it does happen.  “It could have distemper, it could have rabies, it could be lost, it could be injured looking for a place to die,” said Hannah. Since the coyote population has become such a problem, DNR has developed a plan. “You can now hunt coyotes 365 days a year, 24 hours a day with the proper weapons,” said Hannah, making old Wylie less of a predator on the food chain. To find out more about coyotes and what to do if you see one go to http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/coyote/index.html

Alabama 10/19/11 Florala, Covington County: FERAL CAT that bit WOMAN trying to feed it tested positive for RABIES. See http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2011/10/19/rabid-cat-interrupts-bama-game/

California 10//20/11 Berkeley, Alameda County: BAT found 3 miles north of UC-Berkeley campus tested positive for RABIES. See http://www.dailycal.org/2011/10/20/bat-infected-with-rabies-found-in-north-berkeley/

Florida 10/19/11 Stuart, Martin County: Health officials confirm county’s first case of RABIES this year found in a young RACCOON. See http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/oct/19/martin-county-gets-its-first-verified-case-rabies/

Louisiana 10/19/11 Central, East Baton Rouge Parish: Dead BAT found on a resident’s lawn tested positive for RABIES. See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f476a9791c874b9c8c0773c9edfb46f9/LA–Dead-Bat-Rabies/

Maine 10/20/11 Mexico, Oxford County: FERAL CAT tested positive for RABIES. See http://www.sunjournal.com/news/river-valley/2011/10/20/state-vet-cats-most-dangerous-rabies-carrier/1103855

North Carolina 10/20/11 Warren County: RACCOON collected in the county’s northwest section tested positive for RABIES and is the 8th case of the virus confirmed in the county this year. See http://www.vancnews.com/articles/2011/10/19/warrenton/news/news57.txt

Pennsylvania 10/20/11 Centre County: CAT in Harris Township, and RACCOON in Ferguson Township, both tested positive for RABIES. See http://www.centredaily.com/2011/10/20/2957228/c.html

Texas 10/19/11 New Boston, Bowie County: Number of SKUNKS in general, and SKUNKS with RABIES in particular, have significantly increased this year. See http://www.news-journal.com/bowiecounty/news/rabies-outbreak-deemed-moderate/article_109aed9a-8ed4-5cd0-9321-99023ae43bb2.html

Virginia 10/19/11 Williamsburg: RACCOON found near Rawls Byrd Elementary School tested positive for RABIES. See http://wydaily.com/local-news/7533-rabid-raccoon-found-near-rawls-byrd-elementary.html

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