CANADA: B.C. conservation officers shot a MOUNTAIN LION that killed DOG near Gold River ~ ONTARIANS concerned about COYOTE presence in Milton and Oakville ~ RABIES reports from ARKANSAS, & GEORGIA (2) ~ CANADA: RABIES reports from LABRADOR, & ONTARIO.

Canadian Mountain Lion. Photo by ChrisMGPritchard. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

British Columbia 02/10/12 canada.com: by Dan Maclennan – Conservation officers shot and killed a cougar on the outskirts of Gold River Tuesday after it attacked and killed a dog. According to Conservation Officer Steve Petrovcic, a man was walking three dogs along the Gold River Road between the community and the Tsaxana Indian Reserve when the attack occurred about 250 metres north of the Tahsis bridge over the Gold River around 10 a.m. “He had a headset on, listening to music and he heard one of his dogs start barking,” Petrovcic said. “He turned and a cougar had jumped out onto the road and attacked one of his dogs. He admitted that he (then) did something he shouldn’t have done, and that was run. “He started to run north and turned back to see the cougar leaving the site heading back toward the river carrying the chihuahua-like dog in its mouth.”

The man flagged down a passing motorist, who contacted Gold River RCMP, who called in the Conservation Officer Service. Petrovcic, another officer and a contracted houndsman responded with hunting dogs. “We worked a bit of a grid from where the complainant had described the incident,” Petrovcic said. “We were on a fairly well developed trail between the road and the Gold River. A short time later the dogs started to make a lot of noise. They had located the remains of the dog that had been snatched by the cougar. “The cougar was right next to the dog’s remains. The cougar treed within 10 to 15 feet of the dog’s remains. The hounds stayed at the base of the tree, keeping the cougar in the tree. The decision was made to destroy the cat.” Petrovcic said the decision was made considering the time of day of the attack, the cat’s apparent lack of fear of humans, and the potential for more human-cougar conflicts. – For complete article see  http://www.canada.com/Young+cougar+destroyed+Gold+River+after+making+with+three+dogs/6131665/story.html

Ontario 02/09/12 insidehalton.com: by Julie Slack – Coyote sightings have been reported in urban Milton following recent attacks on both people and pets in neighbouring Oakville. On the heels of a Town of Oakville coyote information meeting to talk about the Glen Abbey incidents, which included an eight-year-old child who was bitten on the leg and three dog attacks, area residents are noticing the wild animal in their neighbourhoods. Derek Cox has spotted a coyote walking around his neighbourhood at various times of the day. The Calhoun Terrace resident said he hears coyotes howling in the night and has spotted them on several occasions over the last week strolling through the residential area near Regional Road 25 and Derry Road West. “I’m concerned because there’s a school right beside me and they could attack anytime,” said Cox, who has lived in the area for a year. “I have a five-foot chain-link fence in my yard and three young children. “I showed them the coyote walking down the street, but I’ve been keeping them inside lately, and warned them to let me know if they see it.”

A few kilometres away, at Derry and Thompson Road South, Paul Nicolaou spotted a coyote as he was driving home from a late-night hockey game. “I was surprised to see this thing running around, right on the sidewalk,” said the father of three children. “I just think people should know about it.” Likewise, Milton Clerk Troy McHarg said the Town has been notified of three different coyote sightings. – For Coyote Safety Tips see http://www.insidehalton.com/news/article/1295503–halton-eastern-coyotes-brush-wolves-are-a-mix-bewteen-the-western-coyote-and-our-red-wolves

Arkansas 02/10/12 Everton, Boone County: Health officials confirm a bull that died earlier this week had rabies. A rabid skunk was found on property near the farm. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46347432/ns/us_news-environment/#.TzXp5Pmh7WB

Georgia 02/10/12 South Hall, Hall County: A raccoon that came in contact with a cat in the Wofford Road area has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/63108/

Georgia 02/12/12 independentmail.com: by M.J. Kneiser – Some children in Franklin County came too close last week to what health department officials now believe was a rabid skunk. The encounter happened at one of the two elementary schools in the Carnesville area; school officials would not release which one had the skunk sighting. “What happened was a skunk showed up in the playground of one of our elementary schools and the kids started playing with it, poking at it. It was half dead when the kids found it, and we didn’t have a true exposure, but it was too close for comfort,” Franklin County Environmental Health Manager Louis Korff said. Korff said the children were in no danger because they were not bitten. But, he said, the skunk was more than likely rabid because it was out during the day. Skunks are nocturnal. “This was just so scary,” he said. “If children see a skunk in the daytime, they should not go near it, but turn, run, and go tell an adult. Korff said most skunks killed in roadways are attacking cars as they go by. “When you see a skunk dead on the side of the road, it’s almost always rabid,” he said. “As the rabies virus gets to the brain, they become aggressive and just want to bite.” Korff said anyone spotting a skunk or raccoon during the day should call the local health department and law enforcement to remove it.

Canada:

Labrador 02/10/12 cbc.ca: Four cases of rabies have now been confirmed in Labrador West, according to provincial officials. The department’s Animal Health Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed that a red fox hit by a vehicle in Labrador City on Jan. 26 and a red fox found on a trail near Labrador City on Jan.24 both had rabies. “The latest confirmation of rabies further proves that the virus continues to be active in Labrador West,” said Dr. Hugh Whitney, the province’s Chief Veterinary Officer in a news release. “We have also been advised that two young dogs taken out of northern Quebec for adoption have been diagnosed with rabies,” he said. Whitney warned people they should be careful about taking in dogs. “Given the instances of rabies in Labrador, and that dogs from Labrador have been adopted outside the region, we advise residents at this time to not adopt dogs that have not been vaccinated and are of unknown health status.”

Ontario 02/10/12 Stratford: The Perth District Health Unit is looking for a Boxer dog that bit a person in Stratford on Friday on St. Vincent St. near Lorne Ave. The incident took place at about 12:30 p.m. The dog is described as a brown-and-black Boxer with white on its legs. It was wearing collar and tags at the time. The health unit is investigating the incident to check if the dog has up-to-date rabies shots.  If the dog isn’t found, the person who was bitten may need to receive rabies shots. Anyone who has seen a dog fitting the description is asked to contact the health unit at 519-271-7600, ext. 252 during regular working hours or after hours and on the weekend at 1-800-431-2054.

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