NORTH DAKOTA expands DEER bait ban due to concern about CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ OREGON confirms second WOLF kill of LIVESTOCK within two weeks ~ WYOMING officials issue alert over possible TULAREMIA diagnosis in DOG ~ RABIES reports from FL, OR, VA, & WI ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending May 5, 2012.

Buck and doe mule deer. Courtesy National Park Service.

North Dakota 05/17/12 The Game and Fish Department is expanding a baiting ban in south central North Dakota where three cases of chronic wasting disease in deer have been documented.

The ban had applied to hunting unit 3F2, where all of the CWD cases have been documented in the past four years. Game and Fish Wildlife Veterinarian Dan Grove says the ban this year will be extended into the four units surrounding 3F2. Chronic wasting is a fatal disease in members of the deer family. North Dakota had been somewhat of an island when it came to CWD until the first case in 2009. The second case was in 2010 and the third case was last year. Other hunting restrictions are in effect in unit 3F2. More information can be found at

Oregon 05/17/12 Two weeks after the first, a second confirmed wolf kill of livestock has been reported in Umatilla County. The attack occurred sometime Friday or Saturday and killed a ram and injured three other rams on private land between Wildhorse and Pine Creek roads southeast of Weston. One of the injured sheep later had to be euthanized, said Meg Kenagy, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman. The location was within 7-8 miles of the first wolf attack, which occurred May 2. The earlier attack killed two ewes and two lambs with one additional lamb reported missing and believed killed. Kenagy said investigators can’t say for sure whether the most recent attack was the work of one wolf or more than one. Only one wolf was believed to have involved in the earlier attack. As with the earlier attack, the kill took place in an area not known to be frequented by one of Oregon’s four known wolf packs. Two wolves were discovered last August in the northern Mount Emily wildlife management unit, but are not part of any known pack. “We are actively trying to capture and radio collar the wolves,” Kenagy said today. The depredation report on the incident is expected to be posted on the ODFW Web site today, she said.

The two dead sheep bring the number of livestock animals killed by wolves in Oregon to 59 since 2009. Prior to the Umatilla County attacks, the last confirmed wolf kill of livestock in Oregon occurred March 8 in Wallowa County, which was the only area that had confirmed or probable livestock losses due to wolves. In an interview earlier this month, Sue Miller, one of the owners of the sheep killed in the May 2 attack, said that along with wolves, ranchers have to deal with bears and cougars as well. Although livestock owners are compensated for losses due to wolves, the amount doesn’t begin to cover what an animal would have been worth had it grown to full size and sold at market. “I hope that the people who say ’Bring back the wolves,’ could come up here and see their animals killed,” she said.

The deer fly is a carrier of tularemia.

Wyoming 05/16/12 by Karen Snyder – Following a possible Tularemia diagnoses in a local dog, Natrona County health officials are encouraging folks to take precautions. “What we wanted to do here at the health department was to take this opportunity to remind folks that Tularemia is here. It’s always been with us and now, as we start moving out to outdoor activities, people should be aware that there is a risk out there.” Health Department Director, Robert Harrington, says Tularemia is usually contracted through a tick or biting fly. It’s carried in rabbits, muskrats and beavers. It’s transmitted to humans via contact with the body fluid of an infected animal. – See

Florida 05/16/12 Fort Meade, Polk County: A dead raccoon discovered May 11th by a resident on Sand Mountain Road has tested positive for rabies. The man said he went looking for his two dogs and found them by the animal’s carcass. This is the sixth case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See

Oregon 05/16/12 Multnomah County: A bat that bit a person who picked it up has tested positive for rabies. This is the second bat to test positive for the virus in the state this year, and the first one in the county since 2008. – See

Virginia 05/16/12 Goochland, Goochland County: Health officials confirm that a skunk found in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See

Wisconsin 05/16/12 Eau Claire County: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is looking for a dog that bit a man Monday at about 7:30 p.m. on Langedell Road in Eau Claire County, near the Dunn County line. The dog is described as a Shih Tzu with a darker moustache on the face, tan in color, long hair, well-groomed and healthy and appeared to be full-grown. The dog did not have a collar or tags and it ran west on Langedell Road. The health and rabies status of the dog needs to be determined. The owner of this dog, or anyone with information about this dog, is encouraged to call the Eau Claire Communications Center at 715-839-4972.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending May 5, 2012:

Published May 11, 2012/ 61(18); ND-241-ND-254

Anaplasmosis . . . 6 . . . Maine, New York (3), Rhode Island (2),

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . New York (3),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 6 . . . Missouri (4), New York (2),

Giardiasis . . . 104 . . . Alabama (2), Alaska, Arizona (2), California (11), Florida (21), Idaho (2), Iowa (3), Maine, Maryland (6), Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (3), New York (19), Ohio (7), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (3), Virginia, Washington (7),

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 3 . . . New York, Virginia (2)

Lyme Disease . . .  130. . .  Delaware (3), Florida, Maine, Maryland (15), New Jersey (40), New York (25), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (3), Vermont (4), Virginia (5),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 36. . . Alabama, Arkansas (6), Maine (2), Maryland (2), New Mexico, New York (4), Rhode Island, Texas (8), Vermont, Virginia (9), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 14 . . . Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri (6), New York, Tennessee (5).


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  1. I press “like” because I like you keeping us informed, Jerry. The content is kind of worrying of course, but news are important.

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