Two TEXAS homes in same neighborhood invaded by DEER crashing through windows ~ CALIFORNIA hunter warns of MOUNTAIN LION prowling along bike path ~ MISSOURI reports MOUNTAIN LION sighting in subdivision ~ RABIES reports from FLORIDA (2), GEORGIA, & NEW MEXICO ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending February 18, 2012.

Whitetail Buck. Photo by Clinton & Charles Robertson. Wikimedia Commons.

Texas 02/23/12 by Stefanie Thomas – Two area families experienced an all-too-close, and unwanted, encounter with wildlife on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 20, when two deer crashed through windows at two separate residences on Village Grove Dr. in the Atascocita Forest subdivision. In both cases, the injured and panicked animals had to be shot and killed by law enforcement. “A lady called and said she had a deer in her house, and that it was tearing up the house,” said Lt. David Escobar with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, adding the homeowner was there when the incident happened and called 911. “The deer had crashed through a back window. There was a big mess in the house.” Escobar said the deer, which was eventually corralled inside a bathroom, had sustained serious injuries when crashing through the glass. “We called Texas Parks & Wildlife, and the game warden in charge gave us authorization to put the deer down.”

As if the incident hadn’t already been strange enough, deputies received a second call while still dealing with the mess at the first home. “We had another call that there was a deer inside the next-door neighbor’s house. This deer had broken through a front window,” Escobar said. “It was strange, for two deer to bust into a house at the same time. This second deer was bleeding excessively as well, like the first one.” Nancy Terrell and her husband were lunching at a local restaurant shortly before 3 p.m. that day, when a call from a neighbor interrupted their outing. “Our neighbor called and said there was a deer in our house,” she said. “The police asked for permission to go inside our house – the deer was just tearing up things. But they ended up not even going inside. They put a gun at the broken window, shot the deer, killed it right on the floor between my dining and living room. If they had tried to come in an control it…you can’t control a wild animal like that.” Terrell said she came home to knocked-down furniture and a large pool of blood on her living room carpet. “The deer had knocked my tables down, broke two of them, tried to get out of the family room,” she said. “There was blood everywhere. The carpet will have to come out.”

Major William Skeen with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division Region 4 said reports of deer busting into buildings are more common than one would think. “It happens just about every year somewhere around here, normally in the fall, when the male deer start to go into rut,” he said. “What happens is that they see their reflection in the window and think it’s another buck. Male deer hit their horns, and when they charge against the glass, they break into the house. If the deer is not killed instantly by the glass, there usually ends up being quite a mess.”

In the Atascocita incidents, where one deer was said to be a buck and the other a doe, Skeen said the doe may have been chased by the buck, or perhaps both animals could have been pursued by a predator, like a coyote for example. Escobar said the supervisor at the scene, Cpl. Robert Goree, an avid hunter, reported that both deer appeared young and healthy. They were not fully mature and weighed just short of 100 pounds each. Skeen added that diseases like rabies are not a concern in deer and the likelihood of the animals being sick was very slim. Terrell said that although she has seen deer along nearby Atascocita Rd. and Woodland Hills in the past, those sightings were usually at night. Escobar said that while some wooded patches remain in the neighborhood, Atascocita Forest is one of the oldest subdivisions in the area and is surrounded by commercial developments. And although reports of deer crashing through windows are not unheard of, these incidents are more likely to occur in heavily wooded areas such as Kingwood and Eagle Springs, he said.

Meanwhile, Terrell was so shaken up by the incident that she and her husband are considering a move, leaving their home of more than 30 years. “I don’t know if I want to stay here now,” she said. “I hate to move, but it made me feel very strange to come home to a dead deer in my living room. I’m still upset.”

California 02/23/12 Bakersfield, Kern County: Tracks believed to be those of a mountain lion found near end of Kern River Bike Path at Enos Lane. See

Missouri 02/24/12 Chesterfield, St. Louis County: Report of a mountain lion seen in a residential subdivision near Olive Boulevard. See

Florida 02/24/12 Alachua and Levy Counties: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert in an area spanning both counties after a family’s pet dog tested positive for the virus. All four family members are receiving PEP rabies treatments, and two other pet dogs owned by the family will be euthanized. See

Florida 02/24/12 Panama City Beach, Bay County: Health officials are reminding residents that a county-wide Rabies Alert is in effect. A raccoon killed by dogs in the Laird St. and Treasure Palm Dr. area, and another captured in The Glades community have tested positive for the virus. Previously this year a raccoon and a bobcat have tested positive for rabies in the county. See

Georgia 02/24/12 Milton, Fulton County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert for the Oaks at White Columns neighborhood after a pet dog was attacked by a raccoon that tested positive for the virus. See

New Mexico 02/24/12 Carlsbad, Eddy County: A resident in the Center and Violet streets area had to put down several of her animals, including several dogs and mouflon sheep, after they were attacked and bitten by a fox that tested positive for rabies. See

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending February 18, 2012:

Published February 24, 2012/ 61(07); ND-86-ND-99

Anaplasmosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Giardiasis . . . 120 . . . Alaska, Arizona, California (20), Florida (12), Georgia (5), Idaho (2), Maine, Maryland (5), Michigan (10), Missouri, Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada, New York (17), Ohio (7), Oregon (9), Pennsylvania (12), South Carolina, Vermont, Washington (6), Wisconsin (2),

Lyme Disease . . .  72. . . Alaska, California, Delaware (3), Florida (3), Maryland, New Jersey (30), New York (10), Pennsylvania (15), Vermont, Virginia (7),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . California,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 33. . . Alabama, Arkansas (8), Florida (13), Maine, New York, Oklahoma (3), Rhode Island, Texas (5),

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 1 . . . Tennessee.


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