MASSACHUSETTS town stresses DOG leash law after five COYOTE attacks ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CALIFORNIA, & WASHINGTON ~ PENNSYLVANIA reports more MOSQUITOES infected with WEST NILE VIRUS ~ RABIES reports from NEW MEXICO, PENNSYLVANIA, & WISCONSIN.

Coyote. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Massachusetts 05/15/12 itemlive.com: by Thor Jourgensen – Lynn Woods Ranger Dan Small said five coyote attacks on dogs in Lynn Woods two weeks ago, including two serious enough to require surgery, underscore why owners should keep their pets on a leash while walking in the 2,200-acre reservation. “All the attacks were off leash: The dogs thought the coyotes were other dogs, they went over to play and got bit,” said Small, who is employed by the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission, the agency responsible for maintaining reservoirs in Lynn Woods. One of the injured dogs belongs to Revere resident Steven Bellardino, who blames himself for the attack on his greyhound, Misty Sky, that left her with chest wounds. “The dog went up a rise. I yelled for her, knowing there’s coyotes, and she yelped like she was really getting hurt,” Bellardino said Monday. He ran to help his dog and confronted what he described as a male and female coyote. “They were looking at me like, I didn’t do anything wrong,’” Bellardino said. The coyotes “backed off,” said Bellardino, and he walked Misty Sky out of Lynn Woods and took the injured dog to a veterinarian to be treated for bite wounds.

Rod Sutcliffe, a Lynn resident, said coyotes are extremely territorial, especially now when the animals are breeding and need to hunt to feed their pups. He frequently walks dogs in Lynn Woods and practices “precautionary” awareness when he is on the reservation’s trails. “It’s a reservation for animals it’s their environmental not ours,” he said. Following the attacks two weeks ago, Small posted written warnings at the Great Woods Road and Pennybrook Road entrances into Lynn Woods that read: “Keep your dog leashed at all times in the Lynn Woods Reservation. Unleashed pets are in danger of injury or death as a result of contact with coyotes and other wildlife. There have been several unfortunate incidents in the past few days. Protect your pet and our wildlife, be responsible, obey the Lynn leash law.” – For complete article see http://www.itemlive.com/articles/2012/05/15/news/news02.txt

California 05/15/12 Sebastopol, Sonoma County: Second mountain lion sighting reported this month on a trail near downtown and the Laguna de Santa Rosa, this time on the north side of Highway 12. – See http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120515/ARTICLES/120519690/1010/sports?Title=Mountain-lion-spotted-in-Sebastopol-

Washington 05/15/12 Kennewick, Benton County: The killing of a mountain lion in the city has sparked controversy. The lion had been treed by pet dogs in a family neighborhood and state Department of Fish & Wildlife officers decided it was a recipe for disaster. – See http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/05/15/1939986/cougar-death-in-kennewick-regrettable.html

Pennsylvania 05/16/12 Middletown, Dauphin County: Mosquitoes trapped near Middletown’s waste water treatment plant on May 9th found to be infected with West Nile Virus. – See http://www.pressandjournal.com/articleDetail.aspx?id=5066

New Mexico 05/14/12 Carlsbad, Eddy County: Health officials confirm that 11 people are receiving treatment after being exposed to a dog that tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.necn.com/05/14/12/Second-canine-rabies-case-confirmed-in-C/landing_health.html?&apID=172eb538a058454b819d1c3ccb9e2508

Pennsylvania 05/14/12 Wissahickon Creek, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties: Friends of the Wissahickon report that a raccoon captured near the Valley Green Inn after biting a Fairmount Park visitor has tested positive for rabies. – See http://ambler.patch.com/articles/news-next-door-rabid-raccoon-in-wissahickon

Wisconsin 05/14/12 Appleton, Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties: Appleton police are asking for help in identifying the owner of a dog that bit a 29-year-old woman on Sunday night. Police say a medium sized, black dog bit the woman near the corner of John and Telulah streets. The dog came from a blue Chevrolet Impala. The woman said the occupants of the vehicle included a 50- to 60-year-old man accompanied by two younger males. One of the younger males returned the dog to the car before they left. The woman was treated at St. Elizabeth hospital and may undergo rabies treatment if the dog isn’t located. Anyone with information about the incident or those involved is asked to call the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-6414 or 920-832-5500.

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