Elderly CANADIAN couple survive BEAR attack ~ CALIFORNIA MAN bitten by DOG at-large ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from LOUISIANA.

Grizzly bear. Courtesy National Park Service.

Canada:

Chart courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

British Columbia 11/26/12 thestar.com: A man and woman have been airlifted to a Calgary hospital after surviving a bear attack near Kimberley, B.C. Conservation officer Joe Caravetta says the attack happened late Sunday afternoon in a remote area about 250 kilometres southwest of Calgary. Caravetta says it appears the two hikers may have startled a female bruin and two cubs, and the mother bear attacked when the woman tried to run away. The bear then turned on the man before continuing to attack the woman — leaving both people with serious injuries to their legs, groin, head and arms.

Chart courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

RCMP and four conservation officers were called to the scene and are trying to track the bears to determine if a grizzly or a black bear was involved. Caravetta says it’s likely a grizzly attack because any incident involving a black bear would be quite unusual at this time of year because the animals should be hibernating.

Author’s Note: According to a separate cnn.com report, the man, in his 80s, and his wife, in her 60s, encountered the bear and cubs near a dead deer.

Rabies:

California 11/26/12 willows-journal.com: The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Rottweiler that attacked a Hamilton City man on Saturday. The attack occurred about 5:49 p.m. near the area of 1410 Esperanza Ave. The 34-year-old victim is reported to have suffered puncture wounds to his face, officials said. Sheriff’s officials said it is extremely important that this canine be located quickly to ensure that there is no danger of rabies or additional attacks. The dog is black and tan and weighs approximately 50 to 60 pounds, officials said. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the dog, its location or its owner to call 934-6507 or 934-6431.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Louisiana 11/19/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: State health officials confirm 15 new WNV cases this week, and reports one death from the disease. There are six new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Jefferson (1), Orleans (2), Tangipahoa (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. Five of these are newly identified cases, and one is a previously reported case that progressed into neuroinvasive disease. There are 10 new West Nile fever cases reported this week, from Assumption (1), Catahoula (1), East Baton Rouge (2), Ouachita (1), Rapides (2), St. Landry (1) and Winn (2) parishes. Louisiana has had 371 WNV cases, of which 152 are neuroinvasive disease, and 16 deaths, all of which occurred within two weeks of disease onset, thus far in 2012. – See http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2701

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