ARIZONA woman attacked by BLACK BEAR while sleeping at TONTO NATIONAL FOREST campground ~ NEW MEXICO confirms HUMAN case of PLAGUE in Torrance County ~ MOUNTAIN LION sightings in COLORADO (2), & MICHIGAN ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, & NEW JERSEY ~ CANADA: ALBERTA confirms HUMAN case of HANTAVIRUS.

Black bear. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Arizona 06/01/12 huffingtonpost.com: by Amada Lee Myers – A bear attacked and injured a 74-year-old Arizona woman camping east of Payson in northern Arizona on Thursday, and now hounds and men are tracking the animal to put it down. The Apache Junction woman had minor bruises and a cut to her face after the black bear ripped a hole in the tent where she, her husband and dog had been sleeping at a campground in the Tonto National Forest, said Jim Paxon, a spokesman with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The couple was able to scare off the large adult bear by making a lot of commotion. “They are very, very lucky,” Paxon said. “Anytime a bear rips through a tent and enters it with humans in it, that’s a pretty big threat.”

The woman was treated at Payson Regional Medical Center, including getting a staple for the cut to her face, and was back at home by Thursday afternoon. She had to be sedated because of the traumatizing experience, Paxon said. The couple’s names were not released, and Paxon said they did not want to speak to reporters Thursday. He said the black bear will be euthanized once hounds and wildlife officials track it down because the attack was “too close for comfort. Top of FormBottom of Form     “The bear poses a threat to public safety,” he said. “We can’t take any chances.” – For complete article see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120601/us-travel-brief-bear-attack/

New Mexico 05/31/12 Torrance County: News Release – The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed today a case of plague in a 78-year-old man from Torrance County who is currently hospitalized in stable condition. This is the first human case of plague in New Mexico this year and in the United States. An environmental investigation will take place at the man’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.  “The Department of Health takes action when a plague case occurs to ensure the safety of the immediate family, neighbors, and health care providers,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Catherine Torres. “We inform neighbors door-to-door about plague found in the area and educate them on reducing their risk. We determine whether individuals close to the patient may also have been exposed to the plague and recommend preventative treatment when necessary.”  Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets. – For complete release and precautions see http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2012%20News%20Releases/NewsRelease-20120531-PlagueFirstCase-EN.pdf

Colorado 06/01/12 Morrison, Jefferson County: Residents in the vicinity of Meadowbrook Drive and Willowbrook Lane are watching a mountain lion in a tree near their homes. Sheriff’s deputies are monitoring the situation, and wildlife officials say the animal poses no immediate threat and they hope it will leave on its own. – See http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31139989/detail.html

Colorado 06/01/12 Castle Rock, Douglas County: Craig Brown, who lives on West Deertrail Court, reports a mountain lion in a tree in his backyard. – See brief article and photos at  http://www.9news.com/news/article/270433/222/Mountain-lion-naps-in-Castle-Rock-backyard-tree

Michigan 06/01/12 Skanee, Baraga County: “Cougar Team” reports a confirmed mountain lion sighting along this small community along Huron Bay, near the Keweenaw Peninsula. – See http://www.toledoblade.com/MattMarkey/2012/06/01/Cougar-Team-springs-into-action-after-photo.html

California 06/01/12 Modesto, Stanislaus County: A dead bird tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://www.modbee.com/2012/06/01/2224273/dead-bird-in-modesto-tests-positive.html

Illinois 06/01/12 Godfrey, Madison County: Mosquitoes collected on May 31st have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Positive samples have also been found in Cook, DuPage, and Gallatin counties. – See http://madisonjersey.fox2now.com/news/environment/92982-madison-county-mosquitoes-positive-wnv

New Jersey 06/01/12 Pemberton Township, Burlington County: A mosquito caught in a trap placed in the vicinity of the sewage treatment plant on Birmingham Road has tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2012/06/01/region/doc4fc8c8c160755544289226.txt

Canada:

Alberta 05/31/12 albertahealthservices.ca: News Release – Following confirmation of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in an individual from a rural community north of Edmonton, Alberta Health Services is advising area residents, and all Albertans, to take simple precautions to protect themselves. “Because humans can be exposed to Hantavirus when the urine or feces of an infected rodent – such as a mouse – become airborne, anyone who disturbs areas of mice or mice droppings can be at risk,” says Dr. Marcia Johnson, Medical Officer of Health – Edmonton Zone. “It is essential that Albertans take precautions to protect themselves, and greatly reduce their risk of illness.” – For complete release and precautions see http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/6747.asp

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One response to “ARIZONA woman attacked by BLACK BEAR while sleeping at TONTO NATIONAL FOREST campground ~ NEW MEXICO confirms HUMAN case of PLAGUE in Torrance County ~ MOUNTAIN LION sightings in COLORADO (2), & MICHIGAN ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, & NEW JERSEY ~ CANADA: ALBERTA confirms HUMAN case of HANTAVIRUS.

  1. I don’t think bears do that in Arizona very often, actually I don’t ever remember a case. Must have been really hungry or something triggered it to responding that way!

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