FLORIDA county issues alert after RABID BOBCAT found in homeowner’s garage ~ NEW HAMPSHIRE 9-year-old bitten by COYOTE in MASSACHUSETTS ~ OHIO expert fears state’s LYME DISEASE cases will increase ~ CALIFORNIA & MONTANA officials dispatch farm raiding MOUNTAIN LIONS ~ CALIFORNIA hikers site MOUNTAIN LIONS near UCSC ~COYOTE reports from ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, PENNSYLVANIA, & WISCONSIN ~ RABIES reports from MAINE, & NEW JERSEY.

Bobcat. Photo by Idaho Fish & Game

 Florida 01/16/12 Nassau County: The Nassau County Health Department has issued a rabies advisory for Nassau County. A bobcat was tested positive for rabies Monday after entering a homeowner’s garage in West Nassau. See http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2012/01/16/news/00newsrabiesalert.txt

Massachusetts 01/18/12 Haverhill, Essex County: A nine-year-old New Hamshire girl is receiving precautionary rabies treatment after being bitten by a coyote in her friend’s yard on January 16. See http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1070343489/Girl-bitten-by-coyote-she-thought-was-a-dog

Ohio 01/18/12 Clevelandleader.com: An Ohio expert says that the state is seeing a “shocking” increase in deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease. Richard Gary, an entomologist with the Ohio Department of Health, says that 183 ticks submitted to his agency last year were confirmed as black-legged ticks, which are also known as deer ticks. An additional 1,830 of the ticks were found on deer heads collected from hunters by other state offices. Some were found to carry the Lyme bacteria. Between 1989 and 2009, only 51 deer ticks were identified throughout the state. Deer ticks are most prevalent in the Ohio’s eastern and southern counties. Information about Lyme disease is now being sent out to health professionals throughout Ohio. In 2010, there were 44 reported cases of Lyme disease in Ohio.

California  01/18/12 Twain Harte, Tuolumne County: A US Department of Agriculture trapper has captured a mountain lion known to have killed at least three domestic goats. The lion was euthanized. See http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/1497839/Mountain-Lion-Captured-In-Twain-Harte.html

California 01/18/12 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County: Local police warning area residents that two hikers reported seeing two adult mountain lions on Tuesday at Pogonip Park near the UCSC campus. See http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mountain-Lions-Spotted-Near-UC-Santa-Cruz-137568383.html

Montana 01/18/12 Butte, Silver Bow County: A US Wildlife Services trapper shot the adult male mountain lion known to have killed at least two domestic goats. See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/e5d0900d5da74250a2aeda623820816a/MT–Mountain-Lion-Shot/

Illinois 01/18/12 Lake Forest City, Lake County: the presence of coyotes in suburban areas was discussed Monday night at the Lake Forest City Council meeting. See http://lakeforest.patch.com/articles/coyote-sightings-has-resident-asking-lake-forest-for-help

Massachusetts 01/18/12 Methuen, Essex County: A family on Baltic Street reported that a coyote attacked their pet Chihuahua in their yard on Tuesday and carried it into the woods. The dog has not been seen since. See http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x180451968/Coyote-carries-familys-Chihuahua-into-woods

Michigan 01/16/12 Clinton Township, Macomb County: Coyotes, alone or in small packs, have been reported in the Little Mack subdivision area. See http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/macomb_county/neighbors-say-they-have-spotted-several-coyotes-in-little-mack-subdivision

New Hampshire 01/18/12 Barrington, Strafford County: A family on Town Farm Road reported that coyote attack their pet Shetland sheep dog and carried it into the woods. The dog has not been seen since. See http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120118/GJNEWS_01/701189942

Pennsylvania 01/18/12 Greensburg, Westmoreland County: A man and his pet German Shepherd are receiving post-exposure prophylaxis rabies shots after a coyote attack on January 12. See http://www.wpxi.com/news/30244047/detail.html

Wisconsin 01/16/12 Muskego, Waukesha County: Report of three coyotes digging their way into animal pens at a rehab facility. See http://muskego.patch.com/articles/coyotes-are-at-it-again-at-acres-of-hope

Maine 01/18/12 Dixfield, Oxford County: Six members of the same family are getting precautionary rabies shots after the dogs came in contact with a skunk that later tested positive for the virus. See http://www.wmtw.com/news/30238925/detail.html

New Jersey 01/17/12 Upper Saddle River, Bergen County: A rabies alert has been issued by local police after a dog killed a raccoon that tested positive for the virus, and in a second, more recent incident, an elderly resident has been hospitalized after being attacked by a raccoon in his attached garage. See http://www.northjersey.com/news/Upper_Saddle_River_police_issue_warning_over_wild_animals_after_rabies_incident.html


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