Ten MONTANA WILD TURKEYS killed by POX VIRUS ~ MAINE den of wild BLACK BEAR sow with two cubs on live video stream ~ OREGON WOLVES blamed for injuries to LIVESTOCK ~ CONNECTICUT reports rash of DOGS being attacked by COYOTES ~ CALIFORNIA confirms eight MICE test positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ MONTANA officials puzzled by MOUNTAIN LION that killed eight LLAMAS ~ NEBRASKA reports MOUNTAIN LION sighting ~ RABIES reports from GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA (2), SOUTH CAROLINA, & TEXAS ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending February 25, 2012.

Eastern Wild Turkey. Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Montana 03/09/12 helenair.com: State wildlife officials say 10 wild turkeys near the town of Olive in Powder River County have died of the avian pox virus. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the virus is most commonly contracted from domestic poultry. It is not always fatal, but in this case the “chicken pox” type rash broke out in the mouths and throats of the birds, preventing them from eating and drinking and impairing their breathing. Symptoms of infected birds are a rash on the legs or head, birds continually walking in circles or sitting in a roost tree for days without leaving. FWP State Veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey says there is no risk of infection to humans or livestock, but she does not recommend letting pets eat the carcasses of harvested turkeys.

Maine wildliferesearchfoundation.org: The Wildlife Research Foundation along with the cooperation of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has placed a live streaming video camera in the den of a wild Maine Black Bear named Lugnut who gave birth to two cubs on January 16, 2012. See http://www.wildliferesearchfoundation.org/

OR3, a 3-year-old male of the Imnaha pack.

Oregon 03/10/12 ktvl.com: A pack of wolves in Eastern Oregon that has drawn the ire of ranchers has been blamed for injuries to three cows, one of which was euthanized. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the cows found Thursday suffered hundreds of bite wounds that the department attributes to wolf bites. One of the cow’s calves is missing.  The department says the Eastern Oregon Imnaha wolf pack is to blame. A judge has blocked a kill order targeting two members of the pack. The most famous member of the pack, OR-7, achieved celebrity status by wandering hundreds of miles from Eastern Oregon and into Northern California looking for a mate. Another member of the pack, OR-9, was killed in Idaho last month by a hunter.

Connecticut 03/09/12 courant.com: by Katherine Ogden – Coyotes attacked and killed at least seven small dogs across Connecticut and injured several others during February, according to state and local wildlife officials. The deaths of two dogs in Simsbury were attributed to coyotes. Fairfield, Milford, Greenwich, South Windsor and Wallingford each had one dog reported killed by coyotes.

Deer Mouse. Common Hantavirus vector.

California 03/09/12 Escondido, Santee, and San Diego, San Diego County: Local health officials have confirmed that eight mice found recently in three communities have tested positive for hantavirus. See http://www.cbs8.com/story/17125304/several-mice-found-infected-with-hantavirus

Montana 03/10/12 Helena, Lewis and Clarke County: Federal wildlife officials that shot a 175 pound male mountain lion in late February are puzzled over why the lion killed as many as eight llamas in the Birdseye area but didn’t eat any of them. For complete article see http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/mountain-lion-s-kills-of-llamas-mystify-wildlife-officials/article_1fba2ebb-225f-5180-be1a-329c8faff94e.html

Nebraska 03/09/12 Wilcox, Kearney County: Unconfirmed report of a mountain lion attacking four dogs in their owner’s yard. See http://www.nebraska.tv/story/17126253/wilcox-man-spots-mountain-lion-on-property

Georgia 03/09/12 Canton, Cherokee County: Area residents are being urged to contact their medical care provider if they were exposed to a stray gray-striped kitten at The Riverstone Parkway Starbucks between February 22 and March 1. The kitten has since died and has tested positive for rabies. See http://woodstock.patch.com/articles/kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies-31ff70e6

North Carolina 03/10/12 Alamance County: A skunk killed by three dogs on Gilliam Church Road in northwest Alamance County has tested positive for rabies. One of the dogs was not up to date on shots and had to be euthanized. See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/confirmed-53322-county-case.html rule

Pennsylvania 03/09/12 Towamencin, Montgomery County: According to local health officials, a raccoon found last week in the 200 block of Trumbauer Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.thereporteronline.com/article/20120309/NEWS01/120309647/-1/NEWS/rabid-raccoon-identified-in-towamencin

Pennsylvania 03/08/12 Gardners, Adams County: A stray cat that attacked and bit a woman in her barn while feeding horses has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/gardners-woman-bit-by-rabid-cat/e02f7d2d7dff4e50af897259942d5be3

South Carolina 03/09/12 Lake Wateree, Kershaw County: An area woman exposed to a raccoon has been in the care of a physician since the animal tested positive for rabies. See http://www2.scnow.com/news/pee-dee/2012/mar/09/dhec-says-rabies-positive-racoon-found-kershaw-cou-ar-3382597/

Texas 03/10/12 Lindale, Smith County: A skunk found in the 13000 block of County Road 4200 has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.news-journal.com/woodcounty/life/rabid-skunk-found-in-lindale/article_7564fa2d-235b-55df-9177-a8ed85c02d43.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending February 25, 2012:

Published March 2, 2012/ 61(08); ND-100-ND-113

Anaplasmosis . . . 2 . . . New York (2),

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . Pennsylvania,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . New York, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 1 . . . Rhode Island,

Giardiasis . . . 100 . . . Alaska, Arkansas, Florida (20), Iowa, Maine, Maryland (2), Michigan (5), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada (3), New York (24), Ohio (15), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (5), Vermont (2), Virginia (3), Washington (11), Wyoming (2)

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . New York,  

Lyme Disease . . .  83. . . Florida, Maryland (4), Nevada, New Jersey (44), New York (17), Ohio, Pennsylvania (12), Virginia (3),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 21. . . Alaska, Arkansas (2), Florida (4), Missouri, New York (3), Virginia (10),

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . Tennessee,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 1 . . . Missouri, New York.

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