TEXAS woman reports prowling BOBCAT in Dallas suburb ~ OHIO town’s CATs being taken by COYOTES ~ HAWAII officials find discovery of Aedes aegypti MOSQUITO on OAHU troubling ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORTS: BEAR that bit FLORIDA woman has been euthanized ~ RABIES reports from CA, FL, GA, ME, NY, NC (2), & VA (2).

Bobcat. Courtesy National Park Service.

Texas 03/21/12 Frisco, Collin & Denton Counties: A resident of The Lakes neighborhood reported a bobcat prowling in her yard. Greg Carr, the city’s animal control officer, said the early and warmer spring has brought out a lot of bobcats and coyotes. He said he doesn’t know of any attacks in the area, but added it’s smart to be cautious. For complete article see http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/early-spring-brining-bobcats-into-frisco-subdivisions/#photo-1

Ohio 03/21/12 Newcomerstown, Tuscarawas County: Coyotes living in the woods near Cy Young Park are edging closer to homes in the area. A N. College Street resident recently witnessed two coyotes kill a black cat. See http://www.timesreporter.com/news/x738244732/Coyotes-edge-closer-to-homes

Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Hawaii 03/20/12 therepublic.com: The state Department of Health says a mosquito species capable of rapidly spreading dengue and yellow fever was found on Oahu for the first time in 60 years. The discovery was made at Honolulu International Airport. The department said Tuesday its vector control program identified the species on March 5. The department is calling on residents to remove standing water to reduce mosquito populations. The species Aedes aegypti was last found on Oahu in 1949. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s very difficult to control or eliminate the mosquito because it adapts to its environment. They rapidly bounce back after drought or mosquito extermination efforts. The mosquito’s eggs can survive without water for several months on the inner walls of containers.

Follow-Up Reports:

(March 17, 2012: FLORIDA woman bitten by BLACK BEAR.)

Florida 03/22/12 orlandosentinel.com: by Amy Pavuk – Excerpts . . “State wildlife officials captured and euthanized a bear Thursday that bit a woman at a Longwood apartment complex last week.” “On Thursday morning, the bear was in the dumpster at the apartment complex, and her 14-month-old cub was caught in a trap that was set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Officials used a tranquilizer gun to catch the mother bear, and later euthanized the animal, which is agency policy, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill. ‘The bear has lost all fear of people. She has bitten somebody. This behavior would not change,’ Hill said. ‘We can’t risk her hurting anybody else. We can’t release her because she would pick up the same behavior somewhere else.’ Wildlife officials will place the cub in a captive situation, which could be a zoo or some other type of private habitat. But it’s too early to say exactly where the cub will go, Hill said.” – For complete article see http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-22/news/os-bear-bite-captured-longwood-20120322_1_cub-wildlife-conservation-commission-wildlife-officials

California 03/21/12 South Davis, Yolo County: Animal Services officials are looking for a large, brown Siamese-mix cat that bit a man earlier this week near M Street and Duke Drive to determine if the victim needs rabies post-exposure prophylactic treatment. See http://davis.patch.com/articles/yolo-sheriff-s-office-seeks-biting-cat

Florida 03/20/12 Bartow, Polk County: A raccoon killed by three stray dogs on the 5400 block of Flood Court has tested positive for rabies. The dogs have been quarantined. See http://www.theledger.com/article/20120320/NEWS/120329935

Georgia 03/21/12 Albany, Dougherty County: A fox that attacked a woman and her dog earlier this week in a mobile home community on Sylvester Road has tested positive for rabies. Police managed to track the animal and shot it. See http://www.walb.com/story/17212568/woman-attacked-by-fox

Maine 03/22/12 Kennebunk, York County: A raccoon found dead March 12th in a resident’s yard on Sea Road has tested positive for rabies. Three dogs were exposed but all were vaccinated. See http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120322/NEWS/203220352/-1/NEWSMAP

New York 03/22/12 West Elmira, Chemung County: Health officials are looking for a dog that bit a person on March 13th in the vicinity of West Water Street near Evergreen. The dog is described as a Golden Retriever and was being walked by a woman accompanied by another woman with two black Labs. If the dog is not found the victim will have to receive rabies post-exposure treatment. See http://www.the-leader.com/newsnow/x1581727061/Health-Department-seeking-dog-in-West-Elmira

North Carolina 03/20/12 Gumtree, Davidson County: A raccoon that fought with two vaccinated dogs was shot and has tested positive for rabies. The dogs received booster shots. There was no human exposure. See http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20120320/News/303209994

North Carolina 03/22/12 Cary, Wake County: Three dogs were euthanized after one killed a raccoon that later tested positive for rabies. Police found the raccoon dead near Cary Glen Blvd. and Mintawood Court. See http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/21/1948951/three-cary-dogs-euthanized-after.html

Virginia 03/22/12 Naxera, Gloucester County: A raccoon shot earlier this week in the Lands End Road area has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabid-raccoon-0323-20120322,0,6174942.story

Virginia 03/21/12 Pittsylvania County: A skunk captured in the Climax Road area has tested positive for rabies. This is the fifth rabies alert for the county in five weeks. See http://www.wset.com/story/17213599/another-rabies-warning-for-pittsylvania-county

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  1. This year has been incredibly warm across the US and I think we are in for a harsh season for bugs including mosquitoes and fleas etc. Thanks for the info and update.

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