Virginia 04/19/12 dailyprogress.com: An attack by a rabid bear was ended by an Albemarle County farm worker’s point-blank shotgun blast, fired from the roof of a Gator utility vehicle, police said. Police believe the bear was drawn by the movement of two men, who were using the vehicle to move stones on a large farm northeast of Rockfish Gap, said county police Sgt. Darrell Byers. The roughly 120-pound female bear first attacked the vehicle itself, biting one of the tires, before pursuing the men, Byers said. One of the men climbed into the bed of the Gator, then onto its roof, taking a shotgun loaded with birdshot with him, Byers said. The other man left the cab, but when the vehicle started to roll downhill leaned back into the cab to set the parking brake, according to Byers. The bear had come into the cab and was climbing into the bed when the man atop the Gator put his shotgun to its head and pulled the trigger, Byers said. No one was injured in the attack, or directly exposed to the rabies virus, Byers said. The bear was decapitated, and its head sent to a state lab, where it tested positive for rabies, according to police. Officials will send the bear’s body to Harrisonburg, where it will be incinerated at the state veterinarian’s office. The state of the bear’s teeth leads authorities to believe it was an older animal, Byers said.
Montana 04/18/12 Cascade County: State health officials have confirmed the second case of Hantavirus in the county this year. This is the fourth case confirmed in the state this year. Typically, no more than 1 to 2 cases are reported in Montana annually. The virus is carried by infected deer mice and can be passed on through their urine, saliva, or droppings. – See http://www.ktvq.com/news/another-case-of-hantavirus-confirmed-in-cascade-county/
California 04/19/12 news10.net: by C. Johnson – A rash of dog bite cases in Yolo County in the past week has the county’s Animal Services Section asking for help identifying the dogs before bite victims have to go through rabies exposure treatment.
- The first incident was Thursday, April 12, at about 5:30 p.m. in Davis in a field near Richards Boulevard close to the Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park. A woman was bitten several times by a large black dog believed to be a Labrador retriever. The animal was possibly wearing a red collar. The dog was last seen entering the Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park but it hasn’t been found.
- Saturday, April 14, in Davis at approximately 7 p.m. in front of Woodstock’s Pizza at 219 G Street, a pedestrian was bitten as she walked by a brown brindle pit bull dog tethered by a rope to a light pole in front of the business. No claimed the dog at the time of the bite and no one reported seeing the dog being taken away after the bite.
- Also in Davis on Saturday, April 14, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the area of Sycamore Lane and Covell Boulevard, a pedestrian encountered a large black and tan adult-sized Doberman Pinscher which bit her and then ran off down Sycamore Lane. The victim reported she did not see anyone else on the street at the time.
- In Woodland on Saturday, April 14, at about 8 p.m. in the 900 block of Wallace cross of Lasoya, a girl on a skateboard was encountered by two loose border collies, one black and white and one brown and white. The black and white dog jumped and bit the victim and both dogs ran off in an undetermined direction.
- A fifth incident took place on Sunday, April 15, in West Sacramento at approximately 5 p.m. in the 1600 block of Madrone Avenue. The victim was sitting on her front porch when a dog described as a golden retriever-type came around the corner of the house, bit her, and then ran off in the direction of West Acres Road. Searchers couldn’t find the dog.
Yolo County reminds allowing a dog to run free unattended is a misdemeanor violation of county code. Anyone with information or who knows who owns any of these dogs was asked to to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section 24 hours a day at (530) 668-5287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut 04/19/12 Enfield, Hartford County: A gray fox that bit at least two people and had direct contact with a dog in the St. James area on April 18th has tested positive for rabies. Authorities were called to Enfield Square in response to the first incident, and an hour later another person was bitten outside the Holiday Inn on Brightmeadow Blvd. The animal was located and was shot by Enfield police. – See http://enfield.patch.com/articles/at-least-two-people-bitten-by-rabid-fox
Arkansas 04/18/12 Gravelly, Yell County: A pet owner in Gravelly reported their dog has tested positive for rabies. It’s most likely the dog contracted the disease from a wild animal so pet owners in the community should be on alert for a pet acting strangely. – See http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=531512
Illinois 04/19/12 Ottowa, LaSalle County: Bats are already active this year, due to early warm temperatures and local health officials have recently reported that a bat submitted from Ottowa has tested positive for rabies. – See http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=454294
Maine 04/19/12 Wells, York County: On April 7th, a vaccinated dog being walked on a trail off Laudholm Farm Road had direct contact with a dead raccoon. The animal’s carcass later tested positive for rabies. The dog has been quarantined. – See http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120419-NEWS-204190353
New Jersey 04/19/12 Helmetta, Middlesex County: A skunk killed by a vaccinated dog on March 23 in the vicinity of John Street and Railroad Avenue has tested positive for rabies. Two residents have been advised to seek medical advice regarding possible exposure, and the dog has been quarantined. – See http://woodbridge.patch.com/articles/middlesex-county-reports-the-first-rabid-skunk-of-the-season
New Jersey 04/19/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A skunk found dead near Tennent and Craig Roads on April 16 has tested positive for rabies. No person or domestic animal is known to have been exposed. – See http://manalapan.patch.com/articles/rabid-skunk-discovered-in-manalapan
New York 04/18/12 Mount Pleasant, Westchester County: Police are warning people to be wary of wild animals after a woman was bitten by a raccoon yesterday at the Valhalla train station. Police were unable to find the animal and the 32-year-old White Plains woman is undergoing preventive treatment for rabies as a precaution. – See http://www.lohud.com/article/20120418/NEWS/304180120/Rabies-treatment-woman-bitten-by-raccoon-Valhalla-station
New York 04/18/12 Ithaca, Tompkins County: The Tompkins County Health Department seeks information about a dog that bit a man on his leg near Maple Wood Community near Maple Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The dog is small, light brown, somewhat resembles a poodle and was walked on a leash by a young woman. If the dog is located and found healthy by the Health Department by Friday, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will be unnecessary. Anyone with information regarding this dog should call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at 274-6688.
Pennsylvania 04/19/12 Lawrenceville, Tioga County: A young pregnant woman was bitten by a dog on April 16th while walking on 46th Street. She said physicians at Children’s Hospital told her to begin taking three medications. The victim described the dog as a mixed breed golden retriever that was on a leash and being walked by a woman. She said the dog bit her on the buttocks for no reason. If the dog’s owner cannot be located, she may have to start getting shots for rabies prevention. – See http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/04/19/pregnant-woman-fears-she-may-develop-rabies/
Ontario 04/18/12 Meaford, Grey County: Health officials are looking for the owner of a dark brown boxer mix dog with a white chest that bit a young boy on the afternoon of April 11th on St. Vincent Street near Georgian Bay Secondary School. It was being walked on a leash by two women at the time. If the owner is not located, the boy will have to undergo post-exposure rabies treatment. – See http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=45607