Colorado 02/08/12 cbslocal.com: Two coyotes have been killed after one of them attacked a jogger in Boulder. Now wildlife officials are warning people that coyotes are becoming more aggressive. The attack happened Sunday on a bike path near 55th Street and Pearl Parkway. The jogger was treated for injuries and an open space ranger found and killed the coyote. Just a short time later a second aggressive coyote was reported nearby at 55th and Central Avenue. That coyote was also killed. Officials said the coyote appeared hungry and sick with mange.
California 02/07/12 Concord, Contra Costa County: Residents report that coyotes are killing cats in the Concord Blvd & Thornwood Dr. area. See http://blog.sfgate.com/incontracosta/2012/02/08/coyotes-are-killing-cats-near-concord-boulevard-thorwnood-drive-in-concord/
South Carolina 02/07/12 wspa.com: by Emily Pace – Sammy Brooks of Cherokee Farms in Belton used to only hear coyotes howling from a distance, but recently he has started seeing what these animals can do to his property. “I lost a calf a month ago and found a cow chewed up.” Brooks says in the last four years, at least six calves have been killed by coyotes. “We used to have no problem with them.”
It is unknown why the animals are moving closer to people’s homes. Some experts believe that with the coyote population increasing, there may be less food for them to hunt in the wild. “You will see them occasionally crossing the fields and the pastures, but most of the time they’re nocturnal,” said Richard Whitfield. Whitfield has been trapping coyotes for 15 years in Anderson County. He uses special equipment to catch the animals, and says it’s the most efficient way to get rid of the dangerous problem.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, coyotes can be killed anytime of the year. A permit or license is not required by DNR to shoot the animal if it’s within 100 yards of a home, but some local municipalities prohibit discharging a firearm within the city or town limits. As for non-lethal methods of dealing with coyotes, Whitfield recommends building a fence around your property and keeping all pets and livestock as close to the residence as possible. “The big protection dogs are good. You see people more and more putting those with their herds.” The non-lethal methods don’t always work. Brooks has tried almost everything. He is hoping as the public becomes aware of the issue, they will take action, which will allow him to focus on caring for his livestock and not worrying if they’ll become a coyote’s next meal.
The DNR estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes across the state, and with the average coyote having five to seven pups a season, the problem can easily get out of control. Anderson County Council held a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue and ways to deal with coyotes.
Kansas 02/09/12 infozine.com: The number of cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) detected in Kansas deer continues to be low and is currently isolated to the northwest part of the state, according to Shane Hesting, wildlife disease coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Samples from three white-tailed bucks taken during this year’s hunting season were confirmed positive for CWD in tests completed last week. Counties where the deer were taken include Wallace (new county of detection), Decatur, and Rawlins. KDWPT will continue testing some vehicle-killed and sick or suspect-looking deer, as well as deer taken with depredation permits, through July 31. “This season’s testing results bring the total number of confirmed CWD cases in Kansas to 43 since testing began in 1996,” says Hesting. – For complete article see http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/50668/
California 02/08/12 Portola Valley, San Mateo County: According to a county alert, yesterday a mountain lion was spotted near the back fence of Corte Madera School. See http://halfmoonbay.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-sighting-at-portola-valley-school
Florida 02/08/12 Brooksville, Hernando County: Health officials confirm that a sentinel chicken located at the county sewer plant near US Hwy 19 & Osowaw Blvd. has tested positive for West Nile Virus. See http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2012/february/379936/Hernando-chicken-tests-positive-for-West-Nile-virus?cid=rss
California 02/09/12 Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County: A bat that has tested positive for rabies was found in a Sand Canyon-area garage last week. See http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/59696/
Nebraska 02/09/12 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County: A skunk that was shot near Lake Minatare this week has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7adf21985db049d9999558cdba283da7/NE–Rabid-Skunk/
North Carolina 02/09/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: A raccoon that was killed by a dog earlier this week in the vicinity of Borland & Old Woods Roads has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/17469774/article-Second-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies
Pennsylvania 02/08/12 Collegeville, Montgomery County: A raccoon picked up on the 200 block of Godshall Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120208/NEWS01/120209612
Texas 02/09/12 Denton, Denton County: Officials have issued an alert locally because a kitten on Azalea Street has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Denton-Man-Surrenders-Pet-After-Rabies-Warning-139051409.html