PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN bitten by BLACK BEAR while walking DOG ~ WYOMING confirms BEAR attack on Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Aspen Trail ~ NEW MEXICO hikers’ DOGS being attacked by COYOTES at Santa Fe Ski Basin ~ MOUNTAIN LION sightings in IOWA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA (2), CT, IL (2), IN, LA, NJ, OH, SD, TX, & WA ~ RABIES reports from GA (2), NY (2), NC, PA, & SC.

Black bear. Photo by State of Florida.

Pennsylvania 07/05/12 The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating a Wednesday night black bear attack in Middle Smithfield Township. State police in Swiftwater said Marie Klingel, 54, was walking a dog along Great Bear Way in the township when she and the dog were confronted by a small black bear. The bear tried to attack the dog, police said, and Klingel got in the middle to keep the bear from getting to the dog. The bear bit and scratched her, though not seriously. She was treated and released from Pocono Medical Center on Thursday after the bear attack happened around 9 p.m. The bear has not been found, and Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said Thursday they are investigating the incident.

Wyoming 07/05/12 by Rachael Horne – A young man who survived a bear attack on the Aspen Trail is recovering from several injuries to his feet after being pulled from a tree by a black bear. Public Information Specialist Mark Gocke with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed there was a bear attack on the Aspen Trail involving a male subject early Saturday morning June 30. He said from reports and enforcement officers sent to the scene, a young male individual likely surprised a bear in an area with heavy forest cover and low visibility. “It sounded like a surprise encounter,” said Gocke. “The bear reacted and charged.” Gocke said from reports, it sounded like the male subject attempted to climb a tree. The bear was then able to get a hold of his foot and pull him from the tree to the ground. It was believed the bear then took off and hasn’t been seen again. – For complete article see

New Mexico 07/06/12 by Jackie Jadrnak – At least two hikers’ dogs were attacked by coyotes this past weekend at the Santa Fe ski basin, and their owners want to warn the many other area residents and their pets who seek those cool mountain meadows for exercise to beware. The coyotes apparently weren’t limiting themselves to easy prey. One dog that was chased down and emerged with puncture wounds to each thigh was an 85-pound Anatolian shepherd. “She was really shook up,” Lisa Stuart said of her dog Deja. “We all were.” While Deja was chased down by a single coyote, Sandra Mendel said she and her 25-pound, 10-month-old dog Bree were surrounded and harried by a pack of about four coyotes. “I think they had a pack mentality. They were hungry,” said Mendel, who described swinging her trekking poles to ward off the animals. And there might be a third case. Grayson Schaffer told the Journal in an email that he ran into hikers at the ski basin whose dog was bitten by a coyote in the hind leg, which it wasn’t using at all as it limped. He speculated it might have been a blue heeler mix, which wouldn’t match the description of either of the other two dogs. – For complete article see

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Iowa 07/05/12 Sibley, Osceola County: A mountain lion has been spotted on at least two occasions south and east of town. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Sutter County

California 07/05/12 Yuba City, Sutter County: Three mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV. – See

Los Angeles County

California 07/07/12 Atwater Village, Los Angeles County: A second mosquito sample collected east of the Los Angeles River, about 11 miles from La Cañada, has tested positive for WNV. – See

Fairfield County

Connecticut 07/06/12 Stamford, Fairfield County: Officials say the first mosquitoes of the season to test positive for WNV in the state have been trapped in Stamford. – See

Illinois 07/07/12 Naperville, Dupage and Will counties: Mosquitoes with WNV were reported found in traps at Seager Park, 1163 Plank Rd. and Pioneer Park, 1212 S. Washington St. Tests returned one instance of the virus at each location. – See,0,7442984.story

Clay County

Illinois 07/06/12 Flora, Clay County: A dead crow collected last month has tested positive for WNV. – See

Indiana 07/07/12: Three batches of mosquitoes collected from Johnson County have tested positive for the WNV. The mosquitoes were caught near the Old Town Greenwood area in June. The department also found the virus in mosquitoes from Tipton, Hamilton, Henry, Putnam, Clay, and Marion counties.

Louisiana 07/06/12 Vernon and Tangipahoa parishes: The state has confirmed three new human cases of WNV in two counties, including a potentially deadly neuroinvasive case in a Vernon Parish adult. – See

Burlington County

New Jersey 07/04/12 Burlington County: Mosquito traps near sewage treatment plants have turned up positive WNV samples in Moorestown and Mount Holly. A positive sample was also trapped in Pemberton in May. – See

Franklin County

Ohio 07/05/12 Columbus, Franklin County: Health officials have confirmed that two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV. This is the first positive report for WNV found in the city limits this season. The positive tests were collected in South Columbus between High Street and Parsons Avenue, south of state Route 104 and north of Williams Road. A second group was collected in North Columbus between Interstate 71 and Indianola Avenue, south of East North Broadway and north of East Weber Road. – See

South Dakota 07/05/12 Brookings and Brown counties: Mosquito pools from both counties have tested positive for WNV. – See

Jefferson County

Texas 07/06/12 Port Arthur, Jefferson County: Officials confirm mosquitoes were found with WNV in the area of Grannis and 5th St. on the West side of the city. – See

Franklin County

Washington 07/06/12 Mesa, Franklin County: State health officials say WNV has been detected for the first time this year in the state in mosquitoes collected near Mesa. – See


Georgia 07/06/12 Houston County: A stray kitten that scratched a resident in his yard on Thursday has tested positive for rabies. – See

Georgia 07/05/12 St. Marys, Camden County: A rabies alert has been issued by health officials after a bat tested positive for the virus. – See

New York 07/06/12 Watertown, Jefferson County: A feral cat described as an “orange tabby” found near the East Hills housing complex off Eastern Boulevard has tested positive for rabies. – See

New York 07/06/12 Royalton, Niagara County: A feral cat, part of a colony of strays in the Berner Parkway area, that attacked a person recently has tested positive for rabies. Anyone in that area who was exposed to a stray cat should seek medical advice. – See

North Carolina 07/06/12 University City, Mecklenburg County: A rabies alert has been issued after up to a dozen people were advised to seek immediate medical advice because of exposure to a 3-year-old filly that died of the virus last weekend at a stable in the Back Creek Church Road area. Iredell County officials were alerted because it is believed the horse might have been exposed in the Statesville area where it was previously kept. – See

Pennsylvania 07/06/12 Paradise Township, Monroe County: A stray cat that was being cared for in a home on Grange Road has tested positive for rabies. Five people exposed to the cat’s saliva are being treated. – See
South Carolina 07/04/12 Charleston County: A bat found in the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the third confirmed rabid animal found in the county this year. – See


2 responses to “PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN bitten by BLACK BEAR while walking DOG ~ WYOMING confirms BEAR attack on Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Aspen Trail ~ NEW MEXICO hikers’ DOGS being attacked by COYOTES at Santa Fe Ski Basin ~ MOUNTAIN LION sightings in IOWA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA (2), CT, IL (2), IN, LA, NJ, OH, SD, TX, & WA ~ RABIES reports from GA (2), NY (2), NC, PA, & SC.

  1. Thanks for collecting all these news, Jerry.

  2. Hi Jerry,
    Great Article! We’ve had numerous bear sightings in the Myrtle Beach, SC area where they developed the old habitat and built hundreds of homes. I believe that it is a matter of time before we see a similar incident here.

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