CALIFORNIA reports the lone WOLF known as OR-7 entered Butte County late last month ~ CALIFORNIA vector control officials trap DEER MOUSE infected with HANTAVIRUS ~ ALASKAN WOMAN survives GRIZZLY BEAR encounter shaken but unscathed ~ CANADA: SASKATCHEWAN confirms new case of CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE in an ELK ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from MT ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from FL (3), & MA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA (2), ID, IL, LA (fatality), MS, NJ, NY, & SD.

Gray wolf (not OR-7). Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

California 07/14/12 redbluffdailynews.com: by Katy Sweeny – Anyone looking to find California’s lone wolf since it entered Butte County June 28 would have had little luck. The Department of Fish and Game’s website placed it in northeast Butte County, but DFG regional wildlife program manager Karen Kovacs said it was closer to Highway 70 along the Plumas County line. OR7 is the only wolf known to be in California, Kovacs said. The last confirmed wolf in the state was in 1924. The wolf’s collar showed since Monday it moved north in Butte County and crossed Thursday into northwestern Plumas County, Kovacs said. The 2-year-old wolf left his pack in Oregon to find a mate and start a new pack, Kovacs said. He crossed into California Dec. 28. While most wolves go no more than 100 miles, OR7 has traveled about 2,500 miles. – For complete article see http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ci_21076254/lone-wolf-ventures-into-out-butte-county

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

California 07/13/12 sandiego6.com: A wild deer mouse trapped in north Escondido during routine monitoring tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, San Diego County vector control officials announced Friday. According to the county Department of Environmental Health, it is not easy for humans to contract hantavirus but if an infection does happen, it causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which is fatal 36 percent of the time. Department Director Jack Miller said infected mice, which are discovered every so often, are rarely a danger in the wild. “But hantavirus can be a danger if infected rodents get indoors and people come into contact with their droppings,” Miller said. “People should never sweep up or vacuum rodent droppings or nesting materials when they find them, but use bleach solutions and sponges or mops to carefully clean up instead.” The county’s website has detailed instructions online at sdcounty.ca.gov/deh/pests/hantavirus/wet-cleaning-method.html

Grizzly. Courtesy National Park Service.

Alaska 07/15/12 skyvalleychronicle.com: An Alaskan woman, Alyson Jones-Robinson had a recent terrorizing encounter with a grizzly bear that left her wising she had had a gun in her hand instead of insect repellant. How close was the bear to her during this encounter?  “It was a very surreal experience,” the 43-year-old Jones-Robinson told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner on Friday, a day after the ordeal. “All I could think about was this bear is so close to me I can see its teeth. I could have kissed it. I wished I had a gun.” Robinson was out hiking with her two nieces, 13 and 9, and her Husky dog Rowyn. They were hiking the 15-mile “Granite Tors Trail” in the Chena River State Recreation Area about 40 miles east of Fairbanks on Thursday. That’s when they were confronted on the trail by a young grizzly that Jones-Robinson estimated to be only 2 to 3 years old and maybe 100 to 200 pounds, not large as adult grizzlies go but the thing was that bear was big enough, aggressive, it would not back down and she knew they were all in trouble.

 The bear had bluff charged the group several times after they encountered it on the trail about five miles from the trailhead and it showed no fear of them or the dog. She told the newspaper it was so terrifying that on a scale of 1 to 10, it was above a ten. “I told the girls if the bear attacked me to take the dog and don’t look back, to get off the mountain and go until they found somebody,” Jones-Robinson told the newspaper At one point she fired off some bear spray but she fell backward on her pack and dropped the can of bear spray. The bear retreated for a moment but then came back and began circling Jones-Robinson, who then took her pack off and threw a package of macaroni and cheese at the bear hoping to distract it. As the bear circled she searched into the dog’s pack for the bottle of Natrapel, a natural mosquito repellent she uses because she’s allergic to traditional bug spray. When the bear tried to bite her dog, Jones-Robinson hit it in the head with her walking stick.  By now the girls were cowering behind their aunt, as was the dog. “It charged again, and I hit it over the head and held out my bug spray like this,” Jones-Robinson said, brandishing the bottle of Natrapel in front of her. “I hit it like three or four times.”

The dog, meanwhile, tried to attack the bear each time it charged, adding to the chaos but also possibly adding to the protection of the hiking group. She said after what seemed like an eternity the bear finally retreated and group continued toward the trailhead with Jones-Robinson carrying her broken walking stick and bottle of insect repellent. But it wasn’t over yet.  The bear followed the hikers for about a mile, bluff charging them several more times before it finally wandered off.  – For complete article see http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/GRIZZLY-ENCOUNTER-LEAVES-WOMAN-WISHING-SHE-HAD-A-GUN-INSTEAD-OF-INSECT-REPELLANT-1058527

Canada:

Saskatchewan 07/13/12cjme.com: by Ragnar Haagen – A new case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed within the past month. It is only the second case of CWD found this year, but both have been found in the Prince Albert district – which stretches approximately from Spiritwood to the Manitoba border. This is one of the three areas where the disease is present in the wild; the others are in the northwest and the southwest parts of the province. “In those three areas we have a lot of the disease in the wild and then it tends to spill over into farm animals, and in this case it was in that northeast area,” explained Alex McIsaac, a disease control veterinarian with the CFIA. The latest animal that tested positive was an Elk, and because there is no known treatment or cure for this relatively new disease there is an eradication policy in place when dealing with any possible outbreak. – For complete article see http://cjme.com/story/new-case-cwd-discovered-pa-district/65469

Mountain Lion Sighting:

Montana 07/14/12 Sidney, Richland County: The sheriff’s office notified local police of a mountain lion sighting in the Lone Tree Creek area off the Fifth St. S.W. extension by the back of the county fairgrounds. – See http://www.sidneyherald.com/news/article_df07a6a4-cd4a-11e1-b7a9-001a4bcf887a.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Glades County

Florida 07/13/12 Moore Haven, Glades County: FDACS officials have confirmed that a horse has contracted EEE. This is the 11th horse in the state to be reported with EEE infection with onset during 2012 and the first in Glades County. – See http://swflorida.blogspot.com/2012/07/glades-horse-contracts-rare-disease.html

Nassau County

Florida 07/13/12 Callahan, Nassau County: Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE virus. – See http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2012/07/12/news/00newsmosquitodisease.txt

Walton County

Florida 07/14/12 Walton County: Several sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.waltonsun.com/news/county-9344-walton-detected.html

Plymouth County

Massachusetts 07/13/12 Carver, Plymouth County: Five mosquitoes infected with EEE have been found and officials are bracing for a danger that has appeared early this year. – See http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120713/NEWS/207130328/1018/OPINION

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Bernadino County

California 07/14/12 Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino County: WNV has been found in mosquitoes collected here near Base Line Road and Beryl Street in the first reported incident of West Nile this year. – See http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_21075782/west-nile-virus-found-rancho-cucamonga-mosquitoes

Contra Costa County

California 07/13/12 Brentwood, Contra Costa County: WNV has been found in two birds and two mosquito samples. One mosquito sample was taken from Garin Parkway and Spruce Street and the other was taken from Chestnut Street and Sellers Avenue. A dead crow found July 2 at Balfour Road and Walnut Boulevard in Brentwood also tested positive, as did a dead crow found at Margie Drive and Susan Lane in Pleasant Hill. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21073203/west-nile-virus-found-mosquitoes-brentwood

Ada County

Idaho 07/13/12 Boise, Ada County: The first mosquitoes testing positive for WNV were trapped near the Expo Idaho fairgrounds, prompting a warning from health officials because the virus has been detected much earlier than last year when it didn’t show up in the state until August. – See http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/jul/13/mosquitoes-boise-fairgrounds-test-positive-west-nile-virus/

Kane County

Illinois 07/14/12 Kane County: Three more pools of mosquitoes collected this week in Aurora, Montgomery and Carpentersville have tested positive for WNV. – See http://batavia.patch.com/articles/more-kane-county-mosquitoes-test-positive-for-west-nile

Louisiana 07/14/12 Simpson, Vernon Parish: Former village postmaster Donnie Merchant, 68, has died due to complications after contracting WNV. There have been ten confirmed human cases of WNV in the state this year, including six that were announced on Friday. – See http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120714/NEWS01/207140317/Ex-Simpson-postmaster-succumbs-West-Nile-virus?nclick_check=1

Mississippi 07/14/12 Lauderdale and Hancock counties: Health officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in the state. – See http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=17808

Ocean County

New Jersey 07/13/12 Ocean County: A crow in Point Borough and a mosquito pool in Point Pleasant Beach have tested positive for WNV. – See http://pointpleasant.patch.com/articles/bird-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus

Suffolk County

New York 07/14/12 Suffolk County: Six mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the county, including two in Nesconset. Positive samples were also found in Farmingville, Northport, Dix Hills, and Amagansett. – See http://smithtown.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-reported-in-nesconset

South Dakota 07/14/12 Beadle County: A healthy blood donor is the first known human case of WNV in the state this year. – See http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120714/NEWS/307140030/West-Nile-virus-lingers-S-D-?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1

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