CANADA: WINNIPEG camper using outhouse attacked by BLACK BEAR at ONTARIO campsite ~ CALIFORNIA officers kill MOUNTAIN LION in downtown Santa Monica ~ OHIO enacts NEW LAW defining “nuisance” DOGS ~ RABIES reports from GA (2), NC, SC, & VA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending May 12, 2012.

Black bear. Photo by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife.’=

Canada:

Ontario 05/22/12 huffingtonpost.ca: A Winnipeg man had quite a personal encounter with a black bear that dragged him out of an outhouse in a northwestern Ontario campsite over the weekend. The 65-year-old man and his friend, a 63-year-old man also from Winnipeg, were camping and fishing at Dunbar Lake north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., when the attack took place early Saturday morning, according to Ontario Provincial Police. “The man was in the outhouse and was startled by this bear,” Sgt. David Pinchin of the Sioux Lookout OPP told CBC News on Tuesday. “The bear reached in and grabbed him by the arm and dragged him out and proceeded to bite him and slash at him.” Pinchin said the victim suffered a bite in the back of his head and several scratches on his head, neck and arms. However, the bear did not fare so well in the encounter. Pinchin said the man’s friend heard the commotion and came to the rescue by shooting and killing the bear.Top of FormBottom of Form “His fishing partner that was up there with him heard the screaming and the shouting … and he got his gun that he had with him and dispatched the bear,” he said.

The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at hospital in Sioux Lookout and released. Sioux Lookout is located about 430 kilometres east of Winnipeg. Pinchin said there has been more bear activity than normal this spring in the Sioux Lookout area, possibly due to the early onset of spring. Police are warning area residents to keep their garbage indoors. People spending time outdoors should keep a clear exit path open if they encounter a bear, they added.

California 05/22/12 Santa Monica, Los Angeles County: A mountain lion that strolled along Arizona Avenue and ended up in the courtyard of an office building in the 1200 block of 2nd Street was killed this morning after Fish & Game agents were unable to tranquilize it. – See http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/05/mountain-lion-santa-monica-janitor.html

Ohio 05/21/12 patch.com: In accordance with a new state law that takes effect on May 22nd, “if a dog kills another dog or causes injury to a person, it will be legally classified as “dangerous,” forcing its owner to pay a $50 annual fee, spay or neuter and microchip the dog, ensure rabies shots, chain-link fence its living space and buy a dog tag and yard signs warning of its new status. If a dog seriously injures or kills a person, however, it will be legally classified as “vicious,” and thereafter, without a judge’s pardon, euthanized. Also as of tomorrow, Ohio law will no longer automatically classify Pit Bulls as dangerous.”  – See http://mentor.patch.com/articles/unprovoked-attacks-to-carry-new-consequences

Georgia 05/21/12 Lee County: A fox that bit a resident of Ledo Road and a responding deputy has tested positive for rabies. Both men are receiving post-exposure rabies treatments. The resident said he was feeding his cats when the fox came at him from nearby bushes. – See http://www.walb.com/story/18576050/rabid-fox-attacks-homeowner-and-lee-co-deputy

Georgia 05/21/12 Beaufort and Hampton counties: A rabies alert has been issued for two counties after a baby raccoon in Hampton County tested positive for the virus. There have been three cases in Beaufort County. – See http://www2.wsav.com/news/2012/may/21/rabies-warning-issued-beaufort-and-hampton-countie-ar-3832709/

North Carolina 05/21/12 Newport, Carteret County: A bat found in a home in the N. Railroad Street area on May 16th has tested positive for rabies. The bat was one of two found floating in the water bowl of two pet dogs, both vaccinated. – See http://www.jdnews.com/articles/home-104192-county-rabies.html

South Carolina 05/21/12 Aiken, Aiken County: A fox that bit a woman on May 18th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2012-05-21/rabid-fox-bite-raises-concerns-aiken

Virginia 05/21/12 Lynchburg: A fox captured near an Old Forest Road apartment complex May 18th has tested positive for rabies. Officials believe the animal was in the area because residents were putting food out. – See http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2012/may/21/8/rabies-confirmed-fox-caught-lynchburg-ar-1931168/

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending May 12, 2012:

Published May 18, 2012/ 61(19); ND-255-ND-268

Anaplasmosis . . . 11 . . . Maine, New York (8), Rhode Island, Vermont,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . California, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 4 . . . Alabama, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia,

Giardiasis . . . 116 . . . Alaska (2), Arkansas, California (22), Florida (27), Iowa, Maine (3), Maryland (5), Michigan (2), Montana, Nebraska (4), Nevada, New York (14), Ohio (9), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (5), Virginia (2), Washington (12), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  203. . .  Connecticut (3), Delaware, Maryland (56), New Jersey (61), New York (41), Ohio, Pennsylvania (28), Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont (3), Virginia (6), Washington,

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 3 . . . California, Colorado, North Carolina,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 43. . . Arkansas (3), Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, New York (12), Oklahoma (13), Texas (7), Virginia (5),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 3. . . Georgia (2), New York,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 25 . . . Alabama (3), Arkansas, Kentucky (2), Maryland, Michigan, Missouri (7), Ohio, Tennessee (5), Virginia (3), Wyoming,

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Nebraska.

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  1. A trip to the outhouse can really be dangerous, Jerry. A man in Sweden, just on the outher side of the border from were I live more or less, was killed by a bear, going to his own outhouse a couple of years ago..

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