FOLLOW-UP REPORTS: CALIFORNIA Fish&Game officials spot lone GRAY WOLF called OR-7 hanging out with COYOTES ~ OKLAHOMA WOMAN recovering from ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER ~ PENNSYLVANIA finds MOSQUITO carrying WEST NILE VIRUS ~ PLANTS said to repel MOSQUITOES ~ RABIES reports from GA, ME, MA, NC, TX, & WY.

Gray wolf. Photo by Tiia Monto. Wikimedia Commons.

Follow-Up Reports:

(Please use this blog’s Archives search engine for a history of OR-7′s previous adventures.)

OR-7. Photo by Richard Shinn for California Department of Fish & Game.

California 05/10/12 sfgate.com: by Jeff Barnard – A young male wolf from Oregon that won fame trekking cross-country looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot. The California Department of Fish and Game said a federal trapper, a state game warden and a state wildlife biologist were visiting ranchers in Modoc County on Tuesday to notify them that GPS signals showed the wolf OR-7 was nearby. Program Manager Karen Kovacs says when they stopped to look over a sagebrush hillside with binoculars, there was OR-7, hanging out with coyotes, keeping his distance from the humans, but definitely curious about them. Biologist Richard Shinn snapped a color photo. It’s on the department’s wolf website: 1.usa.gov/IWs2pL The wolf left northeastern Oregon last September.

Oklahoma 05/08/12 Wagoner, Wagoner County: A local woman is recovering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever contracted from a tick bite of which she was totally unaware. About two weeks ago she got a rash and a headache, and felt sick. The next day she saw a tiny tick on her stomach. – See http://www.news9.com/story/18236976/wagoner-woman-warns-others-after-contracting-tick-borne-illness

Pennsylvania 05/10/12 Exeter, Berks County: A mosquito carrying the West Nile virus has been detected earlier than usual in Pennsylvania this year. DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said the virus-carrying insects usually don’t show up until June. – See http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/05/10/news/doc4fac27027b5f9487073520.txt

Catnip

Global 05/08/12 livinggreenmag.com: For a list of plants said to repel mosquitoes, see http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/05/08/home-garden/keep-mosquitos-away-with-plants/

Georgia 05/09/12 Morganton, Fannin County: A fox that attacked and bit a woman walking her dog on Dennis Drive last Friday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/may/09/fox-attacked-morganton-ga-woman-tested-positive-ra/?breakingnews

Maine 05/10/12 Clinton, Kennebec County: A raccoon that was shot by police after a resident on River Road called to say it was acting aggressively has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kjonline.com/news/Rabies-case-confirmed-in-Kennebec-County.html

Massachusetts 05/10/12 Pittsfield, Berkshire County: A gray fox that attacked a 14-year-old girl, an 84-year-old woman, and a dog last Friday, all in the vicinity of upper Williams Street, has tested positive for rabies. Police killed the fox on Harryel Street. – See http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_20583125/fox-that-attacked-2-people-tests-positive-rabies

North Carolina 05/09/12 Liberty, Guilford & Randolph counties: A rabies alert has been issued by health officials after a raccoon that was in contact with a dog tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/228174/57/Third-Case-Of-Animal-Rabies-In-Guilford-County

Texas 05/09/12 Magnolia, Montgomery County: A dead bat found on the playground at Cedric C. Smith Elementary School has tested positive for rabies. Officials said the bat had been handled by a few of the students. – See http://www.click2houston.com/news/Rabid-bat-found-at-elementary-school/-/1735978/12999962/-/67j9lh/-/

Wyoming 05/10/12 Sheridan, Sheridan County: A bat found in the Perkins parking lot on Coffeen Avenue has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sheridanmedia.com/news/rabid-bat-found-coffeen33433

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