72-year-old MINNESOTA WOMAN survives BLACK BEAR attack ~ 82-year-old NEW MEXICAN WOMAN’S home invaded by BLACK BEAR ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, & IL ~ RABIES reports from CO, CT, LA, MN, NE, NJ, NYx2, NCx2, OH, TXx2, & WI.

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Black bear. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Minnesota 06/05/13 dnr.state.mn.us: News Release – An Aitkin County woman was injured in a black bear attack Monday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 72-year-old McGregor woman was bitten and clawed by a sow bear before the animal and her three yearlings left the woman’s property. The woman’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The bears had been seen on the property prior to Monday’s incident. A conservation officer later killed the 190-pound female, or sow, bear, after the animal ran at the officer as well. “Like any wild animal, bears can be unpredictable,” said Rodmen Smith, acting director of the DNR’s Division of Enforcement. “This situation was clearly unusual bear behavior and presented a public safety risk.”

220px-Dnr_logo_colorAccording to the DNR, the incident on Monday began when the woman let her dog outside after checking to make sure the bears, which had been seen on the property for several days, weren’t around. When the three yearlings unexpectedly ran from under the deck, her golden retriever ran off the deck and gave chase. When the woman reached the bottom of her deck stairs, she saw the sow nearby. The sow initially ran toward the dog, but when the woman yelled for the dog to return, the sow changed direction and came at her, striking her left arm and side with its claws and knocking her to the ground. The bear retreated, and then attacked a second time, biting her on the right arm and leg, leaving puncture wounds. The sow bear ran in the direction of the three yearlings. The woman called 911 around 7 p.m. – For complete release see http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2013/06/05/woman-sustains-non-life-threatening-injuries-in-bear-attack/

20120612__13epcpht_500New Mexico 06/05/13 wildlife.state.nm.us: News Release – A large black bear broke into a home north of Cimarron and attacked an elderly, bedridden woman Tuesday night. A bear believed to have been the attacker was caught and killed by Game and Fish officers today. The woman received minor injuries. The 82-year-old woman, who asked to not be identified, was in bed with the doors and windows open when a bear broke the latch on a screen door and entered her room. The housekeeper went in about 10 p.m. to close the doors and turn off her light and found her with scratches on her nose and head. The housekeeper applied first aid but didn’t find it necessary to call for further medical assistance. Game and Fish officers were called the next morning when it was apparent that a bear had broken the screen door. Conservation Officer Kyle Jackson contacted nm_sa_logo_290Hap Blacksten, a local houndman, who was able to find the bear with dogs. The bear was killed and taken to the Veterinarian Diagnostic Center in Albuquerque, where it will be tested for rabies. “This was a large male bear, probably weighing over 400 pounds,” Officer Jackson said. “Comparing it to the marks on the door, we believe this is the bear that broke in, but there was no apparent reason for the bear to enter the house.” – For complete release see http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/publications/press_releases/documents/2013/060513badbear.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San_Mateo_County_CACalifornia 06/04/13 San Mateo County: Two dead birds have tested positive for WNV. So far eight of California’s 58 counties have documented WNV cases, district ecologist Theresa Shelton said. No human cases have reported this year. – http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23387892/west-nile-make-first-2013-appearance-san-mateo

Cook cty ILIllinois 06/03/13 Cook County: Mosquitoes captured in Hillside have tested positive for WNV for the first time this year. – See http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_9d1163b0-cc5f-11e2-8bbf-0019bb30f31a.html


2195804032_bb25565f77 - CopyColorado 06/05/13 Weld County: A skunk found on Monday in the 100 block of North 23rd Avenue in Greeley has tested positive for rabies. A second skunk found in the 2100 block of 7th Street is being tested. – See http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/6810965-113/skunk-department-greeley-rabies

dnr.wi.govConnecticut 06/04/13 Fairfield County: A raccoon that attacked a man in Stamford who was working at an area church has tested positive for rabies. The man will now likely have to be treated for exposure to the virus as he bludgeoned the animal to death and was covered with its blood. – See http://stamford.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/man-kills-attacking-rabid-raccoon-in-stamford

skunk-pictureLouisiana 06/05/13 DeSoto Parish: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a skunk killed in the vicinity of Ann Francis Road and Jackie Lane on the east side of U.S. Highway 171 in Stonewall tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20130605/NEWS01/306050048/Rabid-skunk-has-Stonewall-residents-alert?nclick_check=1

road_sign_need_helpMinnesota 06/04/13 Olmsted County: On Monday, around 4PM, a medium size black dog wearing no collar and without an owner bit a child.  The incident happened at Slatterly Park, 950 11 Ave SE in Rochester.  The dog ran up and bit the child and immediately ran off to the east towards the river.  Animal Control checked the area for the dog and could not find the animal.  They are trying to locate the dog to see if it might be infected with rabies and to determine appropriate medical treatment for the child who was bitten. Anyone with information about this dog bite should call Rochester Animal Control at (507) 328-6960, Monday through Friday before 5:00 p.m.  On evenings, weekends, and holidays, call the Law Enforcement Center Dispatcher at (507) 328-6800.

350324_roger-cruwys_sobaki_shhenki_skunsy_art_2194x1521_(www_GdeFon_ru)Nebraska 06/04/13 Morris County: A skunk that killed one of the puppies in a litter of six on May 24th in Omaha apparently had rabies. Since then another of the puppies showing signs of paralysis has tested positive for the virus. The mother of the litter and all remaining puppies have been euthanized and a family of five is being treated for exposure to the disease. – See http://www.dailytribune.net/news/article_830cb296-ccda-11e2-b46d-0019bb2963f4.html

catraccoon - CopyNew Jersey 06/03/13 Cumberland County: A raccoon found in Greenwich Township last month has tested positive for rabies. Two outdoor cats may have been exposed to the virus and are under observation. – See http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2013/06/third_rabies_case_of_2013_repo.html

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew York 06/05/13 Fulton County: A red fox that chased and bit a resident of Gloversville in her upper Bleecker Street yard on June 3rd has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/556544/Fox-tests-positive-for-rabies.html?nav=5011

does-bible-say-helping-brother-800x800New York 06/04/13 Lewis County: Health officials are seeking the public’s help in finding the owner of a dog that bit someone. The incident happened Monday afternoon on the Austin Road in Glenfield. The dog is described as a medium-size mixed breed with gray and white fur. Officials say the dog is still at large and might be roaming the area. Health officials say they need to find the owner to find out of the dog is up to date on its rabies shots. If the dog is not found — or is not current on its vaccinations — the victim will have to have a series of shots. Anyone with information can call public health at 315-376-5453.

North Carolina 06/04/13 Davidson County: A fox that attacked a man in the Hasty community near Thomasville has tested positive for rabies. Brooks Milliken was bitten several times while trying to protect his wife who was gardening at their home when the fox appeared from under their back porch. – redfox-aug09See http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20130604/NEWS/306049975/1005/news?Title=Fox-that-attacked-county-man-had-rabies

North Carolina 06/03/13 Guilford County: A fox seen in the vicinity of Madison Farm Road and later in the vicinity of Alamance Church Road in Greensboro has tested positive for rabies. One human and a domestic animal may have been exposed to the virus. – See http://myfox8.com/2013/06/03/guilford-countys-9th-case-of-rabies-this-year-found-in-fox/

rabiesfuriousOhio 06/05/13 Trumbull County: A feral cat that bit a woman in Liberty Township when she tried to remove it from her garage has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/jun/05/a-woman-was-bit-by-a-rabid-cat-in-libert/?nw

Rabies. Cow dying of rabies.  Copyright ITMTexas 06/05/13 McCulloch County: A cow kept in Melvin has tested positive for a strain of fox rabies. Officials are concerned the deadly virus may be returning to Central Texas after several years of intense eradication efforts. – See http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/fox-rabies-may-be-back-central-texas-after-cow-tested-positive

thumbnailCA0KC8HVTexas 06/04/13 Coryell County: A skunk seen on May 29th in the vicinity of 207 North 5th Street in Copperas Cove and caught at 101 West Avenue F has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kcentv.com/story/22502648/skunk-with-rabies-found-in-copperas-cove

batWisconsin 06/05/13 Milwaukee County: A bat that was captured inside a home in the City of Milwaukee has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/210313211.html


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