U.S. FOREST officials close another campground in ARIZONA after third BEAR attack in two months ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: Two BEARS linked to ARIZONA attacks killed ~ OREGON park officials investigate report of COYOTE attacking 5-year-old ~ SOUTH DAKOTA officer shoots MOUNTAIN LION in a family’s work shed ~ LOUISIANA parish finds 29 MOSQUITO pools infected with WEST NILE VIRUS ~ Four NEW JERSEY family members exposed to RABIES by helping injured CAT ~ PENNSYLVANIA county reports BAT and RACCOON with RABIES.

Black Bear. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Arizona 06/24/12 abc15.com: by Deborah Stocks, Tim Vetscher, & Christopher Sign – Officials say a Tempe man was injured in a bear attack outside Payson Sunday morning. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says this is the third bear incident in the area within a month. Officials said the 30-year-old man was air-lifted to a Scottsdale hospital with lacerations and bite wounds to his head and arm and possibly his legs. “He had a large spot on the right side of his head that was just a mess, but he was alert and talking which was amazing,” said Carly Stoltenberg, a Gilbert resident who saw the black bear shortly before it attacked the man. Witnesses say the bear crushed the man’s tent around 4:45 a.m. “It was chaos,” said Stoltenberg who was camping nearby when the bear attack happened. “It didn’t seem real.” The man’s fiancée and a one-year-old child were able to escape unharmed and warn other campers in the area. Stoltenberg tells ABC15 her husband grabbed his gun and another man with him fired several shots at the bear at close range. The bear left the area and Stoltenberg says it’s unlikely the bear was hit by any of the bullets. U.S. Forest personnel evacuated the campground and wildlife officers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services are currently searching for the bear. – For complete article see http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/payson/man-injured-in-3rd-bear-attack-in-payson-area

Follow-Up Report:

Arizona 06/25/12 azcentral.com: by Chelsey Davis – State authorities hunted down two bears and shot them to death Sunday night in the Tonto National Forest following three attacks of people in the Payson area in the past month, officials said. Two packs of hound dogs picked up the scents of two bears near the campgrounds of the recent attacks, according to Jim Paxon, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. One male black bear was found one mile below Ponderosa Campground and one large adult female was found in Hellsgate Wilderness, Paxon said. The hounds chased the bears into trees and officials shot and killed both of the bears, Paxon said. “The scent picked up so close to the campground, that proximity is an indication that’s one of the bears we’re looking for,” Paxon said. “People get into wildlife profession because they love wildlife, but our priority is public safety.” There’s a possibility as many as three bears are responsible for the attacks. “We won’t know that until we crosscheck the DNA from all three victims and the hairs and saliva from the bears off the victims,” Paxon said. – For complete article see http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2012/06/25/20120625bears-arizona-attacks-hunted-killed-arbk.html

Oregon 06/22/12 kptv.com: A 5-year-old girl’s encounter with a coyote at Nehalem Bay State Park now has park officials posting warning signs around the campground. The girl’s family had just finished watching the sunset on the beach at the park Thursday night. They began walking back along the trail that leads to the campground when an animal they believe was a coyote confronted them. During the encounter with the coyote, the girl suffered injuries when she was attacked, but state park representatives wouldn’t go so far as to say she was bit by the animal. The girl’s parents took her to Providence Seaside Hospital, where she was treated and released. Park workers are posting signs around the campground where the incident happened and they’re alerting people about the potential for future encounters. They’re also working with wildlife authorities to determine if it’s necessary to trap and remove coyotes from the area. State parks spokesperson Chris Havel said it’s the first recorded coyote attack in Oregon State Park’s history.

South Dakota 06/24/12 mitchellrepublic.com: A mountain lion has been put down after injuring a family pet in Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LJGUou) that police called to the residence Saturday morning found the lion hiding in a machine shed. A state Game Fish & Parks officer made the decision to put down the 1-year-old, female cat, and a police officer shot it with a rifle, police said. The residents were working in the shed about 9:45 a.m. when their dog started making noise about something in the back of the building, police said. The owners found the “very thin” mountain lion in the shed and called law enforcement. The cat swiped at the family’s dog, causing minor injuries to the animal, police said.- For complete report see http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/apArticle/id/D9VJKNJ82/

Louisiana 06/22/12 Ouachita Parish: No less than 29 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus and the Mosquito Abatement District has been giving them all they got. Rider said the 29 pools represented 11 locations, collected June 13 through Tuesday. She said the locations of these pools were in the Garden District of northern Monroe, in northern Monroe between Forsythe Avenue and the Ouachita River, also in the northern Monroe area near U.S. 165 and Ferrand Street, River Oaks subdivision and near Lakeshore subdivision. In West Monroe, the positive mosquito pools are between the First Baptist Church of West Monroe and West Monroe High School, between Wallace Dean Road and Ole Highway 15, near the intersection of Cypress Street and Warren Drive, near Hidden Lakes subdivision, Darbonne Hills subdivision, and the Cheniere Drew Road area. – See http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20120623/NEWS01/206230329

New Jersey 06/23/12 Vineland, Cumberland County: At least four members of a family who reached out to assist an injured cat are now being treated for rabies exposure, according to city health officials. Earlier this month a woman found an injured cat in the road and brought it into her home to care for it. It appeared to be recovering, but on June 9 its behavior turned aggressive. Following a second vet exam it was sent to the state for testing. – See http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20120623/NEWS01/306230030

Pennsylvania 06/23/12 Erie County: by Ashley Doerzbacher – Two cases of rabies have been discovered locally. The first was found in the 500 block of West 10th Street in Erie when a homeowner found a bat inside their home. A local nuisance wildlife officer captured the creature but was bitten. The bat tested positive for rabies. 3 people are being treated in that case. And also on Kinter Road in Edinboro, a raccoon found in a homeowners yard tested positive for rabies. No one was exposed to this case. – See http://www.erietvnews.com/story/18863947/two-cases-of-rabies-discovered-in-erie-county


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