COYOTES preying on FLORIDA PETS and SEA TURTLE nests ~ MOUNTAIN LION kills pet DOG in CALIFORNIA neighborhood ~ MOUNTAIN LION with cubs sighted near the University of CALIFORNIA-Berkeley ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from VIRGINIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AL, AZ, CT, IL, IN, NY, & TX ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 7, 2012.

Coyote. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Florida 07/23/12 gasparillagazette.com: by Terry O’Connor – Emboldened coyotes have seized at least one pet in the Rotonda area and routinely stalk turtle nests on Gasparilla Island sands. “Coyote predation has increased on unmarked sea turtle nests after Tropical Storm Debby,’ said Wilma Katz of the Coastal Wildlife Club. Coyotes can be heard howling at night throughout the Gasparilla Island area and sometimes during the day when emergency vehicles pass by. The scientific name of the coyote, Canis latrans, means “barking dog.” Coyotes help control rodent populations and are not all bad, says at least one naturalist. “I know that coyotes can be a potential problem but it is impressive that a mid-sized predator can persist and even thrive in the face of so many attempts to kill it,” said William Dunson, Gasparilla Gazette Nature Walk columnist. “Although it is presumably not native originally to this area, it seems to replace some of the native predators that have been eliminated, and I do enjoy having them around. We seem to have a very healthy ecosystem here with good to excellent populations of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, so the coyotes do not seem to be an adverse disturbance to natural systems.”

Photo by Ianare Sevi. Wikimedia Commons.

Unless it’s your pet a coyote targets for lunch, authorities say. Rotonda West resident Desiree Numen told animal control officials a coyote carried off her family’s Jack Russell terrier, Chester, March 27. The coyote bit into her dog’s neck as they were standing in her front yard and ran into the woods despite her screams. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or at dusk or dawn. Animal control officer John Butler said a coyote is less likely to attack if a dog is leashed and they are attracted to open garbage cans. Coyotes have become common in the Gasparilla island area yet are rarely seen despite leaving tracks and spoor as evidence of their existence. Attacks on pets are still rare as coyotes have an innate fear of humans, according to University of Florida data.

California 07/23/12 glendalenewspress.com:  by Veronica Rocha – A mountain lion mauled a 1-year-old German-Belgian shepherd mix named Cookie to death Saturday, making it the first reported killing of its kind this year in Glendale, officials said. The attack prompted Glendale police officials to renew warnings to hillside residents to keep their pets indoors at night. “She was a great dog,” said Cookie’s owner, Karine Tatevossian. “It’s just really scary.” The shepherd mix was staying at her parents’ home in the 1800 block of Emerald Terrace for the weekend, she said. – For complete article see http://www.glendalenewspress.com/news/tn-gnp-0724-mountain-lion-mauls-dog,0,3762330.story

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 07/24/12 Berkeley, Alameda County: by Frances Dinkelspiel – UC police are warning hikers to be on the outlook for a mountain lion and her cubs that may be living near the Greek Theater. In the past few weeks, hikers have reported several sightings of a mountain lion, including one on Thursday. “In the past few weeks there have been several sightings of a mountain lion and her cubs near the Switching Station #6 construction site on the western side of Stern Hall,” UC Police said in a safety alert sent out Tuesday. “The latest sighting was of a female mountain lion which occurred on Thursday, July 19th.” Stern Hall is located on Gayley Road right near the Greek Theater. – See http://www.berkeleyside.com/2012/07/24/mountain-lion-and-her-cubs-spotted-in-berkeley-hills/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Virginia 07/24/12 Virginia Beach: In the past four weeks, there have been five EEE-positive mosquito pools in four different locations, according to a news release from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works. Three of the locations were in Blackwater and the fourth was on West Neck Road in Pungo. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2012/07/mosquitoes-va-beach-test-positive-fatal-disease

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alabama 07/24/12 Mobile, Mobile County: A sentinel chicken in the 36582 ZIP Code has tested positive for WNV, officials with the Mobile County Health Department confirmed today. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2012/07/west_nile_virus_sickens_sentin.html

Arizona 07/24/12 Maricopa County: An elderly man with underlying health issues has succumbed to WNV. Last month the first human case of WNV in the county was diagnosed in a 30-year-old woman who has since recovered. – See http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/West-Nile-virus-163586756.html

Connecticut 07/25/12 ct.gov: News Release – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced mosquitoes testing positive for WNV have been identified in 13 towns so far this season. The mosquitoes were trapped by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) from June 27 to July 18 in: Bethel, Danbury, Greenwich, East Haven, New Haven, Newington, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven, Wallingford and Wilton. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=4186&q=508438

Illinois 07/24/12 Cook County: Health officials have confirmed that a female in her 60s has become the first human case of WNV in the county. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&id=8747370

Indiana 07/24/12 Martinsville, Morgan County: Health officials reported Monday that a mosquito pool on the south side of the city has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.reporter-times.com/stories/2012/07/24/news.qp-8164822.sto

New York 07/24/12 New Haven, Oswego County: WNV has been found in a mosquito trap in New Haven, town Supervisor Russell So far this season, the virus also has been found in a mosquito pool collected near the Cicero Swamp, in two traps in Central Square and in a mosquito pool on Midler Avenue in Syracuse. – See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/west_nile_virus_found_in_new_h.html

Texas 07/24/12 Tarrant County: Sandra Parker, medical director of Tarrant County Public Health, told Fort Worth City Council members Tuesday that the county has 30 reported human cases of WNV, including five in Fort Worth. – See http://blogs.star-telegram.com/politex/2012/07/tarrant-county-west-nile-virus-update-30-cases.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 7, 2012:

Published July 13, 2012/ 61(27); ND-367-ND-381

Anaplasmosis . . . 17 . . . New York (17),

Babesiosis . . . 8 . . . California, New York (7),

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida, Indiana,  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 17 . . . Alabama, Florida (2), Maryland (2), New York (3), Tennessee (4), Virginia (5),

Giardiasis . . . 89 . . . Alabama, California (16), Florida (19), Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (2), New York (16), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (2), Vermont (2), Virginia (2), Washington (5), Wisconsin,

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Indiana,

Lyme Disease . . .  161. . .  Delaware (6), Florida (3), Maryland (5), New York (63), Pennsylvania (46), Rhode Island (8), Tennessee (3), Vermont (5), Virginia (22),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . Indiana,

Q Fever (Chronic) . . . 1 . . . Texas, 

Rabies (Animal) . . . 47. . . Alabama, Maine, Michigan, New York (15), Texas (11), Virginia (15), West Virginia (3),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Pennsylvania (2),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 31 . . . Alabama (3), Arizona (2), Arkansas (3), Indiana, Tennessee (5), Virginia (17),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Colorado, Nebraska.

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