Oregon 03/27/12 state.or.us: ODFW News Release – An updated plan to manage Oregon’s 25,000-30,000 estimated black bears is available for review online
http://dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/management_plans/docs/2012_Bear_Mgt_Plan_draft_21Mar2012b_X.pdf Public comments related to the draft update of the Oregon Black Bear Management Plan will be taken through the June 7-8, 2012 Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem, when final action may be taken on the plan. However, comments received by April 13 will be reviewed and summarized for the Commission by their April 20 meeting in Salem, when ODFW staff will brief commissioners on the plan. A revised draft plan will be available in May. Send comments to ODFW.Comments@state.or.us, mail to ODFW Wildlife Division, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem OR 97303 or fax to (503) 947-6330. The draft plan was written by ODFW wildlife biologists, with input from stakeholders. – For complete release see http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2012/March/032712.asp
Montana 03/27/12 helenair.com: Several more mountain lion sightings on the south side of Helena have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to remind people who live in the area to take precautions, including securing their pet food and keeping pets inside. FWP Warden Dave Loewen said a few sightings of a mountain lion or its tracks, believed to be a juvenile that’s “working the area,” occurred over the past weekend on the south edge of town. He said one call came from Howie Street above Reeder’s Alley. Another sighting came from the Orofino Gulch area, which isn’t unusual given the proximity to the mountain and the mule deer that inhabit the area. But Loewen said the lions become a concern once they begin moving into populated areas. The most recent sightings come a month after a mountain lion went on a four-day llama-killing spree in the Birdseye area, northwest of Helena. By the time it was killed, it had killed six llamas.
The Bahamas 03/27/12 cdc.gov: CDC Travel Alert – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently received an official report of a confirmed case of malaria in a U.S. traveler to the island of Great Exuma, Bahamas. The traveler visited the island between February and March 2012 and reported no additional recent travel outside of the U.S. An outbreak of malaria previously occurred on Great Exuma Island, Bahamas in 2006, and the last documented case on the island was in 2008. Malaria is not endemic to the Bahamas and no malaria cases had been reported from the country since then. Malaria control measures have been implemented, environmental controls have been put into operation, and on-island surveillance has been enhanced. Officials will inform of any new cases of Malaria if they are discovered.
Wikipedia Note: Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays). The largest of the cays is Great Exuma, which is 37 mi (60 km) in length and joined to another island, Little Exuma by a small bridge.