CALIFORNIANS told COYOTES aren’t going away ~ IDAHO Fish & Game relocate MOUNTAIN LION from Preston ~ CANADA: MANITOBANS told BLACKLEGGED TICKS carrying LYME DISEASE into the province.

Coyote. Courtesy National Park Service.

California 03/18/12 Brentwood, Contra Costa County: Yet another report of coyotes came from the Brentwood Community Council. California Department of Fish and Game Public (DFG) Information Officer Andrew Hewitt remarked that coyote attacks on pets in their own backyards are not uncommon. “They live in virtually every part of Los Angeles.” And they are not going away. The DFG will only kill coyotes that threaten human life; they do not relocate them. “Pets are not a public safety issue,” he said. Coyotes follow food sources, including small pets, trash cans, dog bowls, gopher- opossum and squirrel populations and feral cat colonies. They imprint their cubs with habituated behavior, rendering them fearless of humans. They will rarely, if ever, attack humans. – For complete article see http://www.westsidetoday.com/n6960/coyotes-in-brentwood.html

Idaho 03/16/12 idahostatejournal.com: Officials were called into tranquilize and relocate a male mountain lion that was located inside of Preston Friday morning. By noon, the healthy and unharmed mountain lion had been relocated to a remote and undisclosed location outside of Franklin County by Idaho Fish and Game personnel.

Canada:

Manitoba 03/19/12 gov.mb.ca: News Release – Manitoba Health advises that more blacklegged tick populations have been identified in the province. There are now several areas across southern Manitoba where populations of blacklegged ticks are confirmed or suspected to be established. Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.  Manitobans are advised to watch for ticks in southern areas of the province, particularly where established blacklegged tick populations have been identified and also in areas with suitable tick habitats.

Blacklegged Tick.

Established areas of blacklegged tick populations in Manitoba include:

  • the southeast corner of Manitoba (confirmed in 2006);
  • the area around the Stanley Trail in south-central Manitoba west of the Red River (confirmed in 2011 and extended north along the Thompson trail in 2012); and
  • the area in and near Pembina Valley Provincial Park near the United States border (confirmed in 2012).

Adult Female Blacklegged Tick.

Areas with suspected established blacklegged tick populations include:

  • the Pembina Valley to the north and west of Pembina Valley Provincial Park near La Rivière and roads 22N and 57W;
  • Beaudry Provincial Park west of Headingley;
  • the area around St. Malo in south-central Manitoba; and
  • the area around Arbakka in south-central Manitoba.

A map showing the locations of confirmed and suspected established populations of blacklegged ticks is available on the Manitoba Health website at www.gov.mb.ca/health/lyme/surveillance.html. – For complete news release see http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=&item=13372

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