64-year-old ALASKAN killed by BEAR ~ ARIZONA hiker makes MOUNTAIN LION blink ~ ARIZONAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3 including first fatality, & UT ~ RABIES reports from CO, GA, OH, OR, RI, TX, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

Black bear. Photo by Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game.

Black bear. Photo by Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game.

Alaska 06/07/13 SE Fairbanks Census Area: adn.com: by Casey Grove – A bear killed a 64-year-old Fairbanks man late Thursday outside a cabin on Lake George, southeast of Delta Junction, according to Alaska State Troopers. It was unclear Friday what kind of bear attacked Robert Weaver, forcing a family member to hide inside the cabin and block the door, troopers said. A wildlife trooper shot and killed a black bear that “wandered on scene” later, but it is unknown if that is the bear that mauled Weaver, a troopers statement said. State wildlife biologists say they will examine its carcass and are looking into the circumstances of the rare fatal bear mauling in Interior Alaska. Weaver’s remains will undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage, troopers said.

ALASKA_MAPTroopers were in the field investigating Friday and working on other cases, so many details of the bear attack were unavailable, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Weaver’s next of kin, whom troopers are not identifying, called 911 to report the bear attack about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Peters said. The person said they were hiding inside a cabin and that a man was outside on the ground, the troopers statement said. “The person was advised to attempt to block the door,” Peters said. “There wasn’t a lot of items in the cabin to use to block the door. The response was large because without knowing how secure the individual inside the cabin was, there was definite concern for their safety.” Peters said troopers in an R-44 helicopter, Helo-2, tried to fly to the cabin but could not reach it “due to terrain.” Military rescuers in an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from Eielson Air Force Base hoisted down to the area of the cabin, Peters said. The wildlife trooper came by airboat with good Samaritans, she said. Just after 9 p.m., military personnel found Weaver dead outside the cabin and a person inside, troopers said. “Troopers searched the area but no bear was located,” the statement says. – For complete article see http://www.adn.com/2013/06/07/2931027/troopers-fairbanks-man-dead-in.htm

Mountain Lion Sightings:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArizona 06/06/13 tucsonnewsnow.com: by Carissa Planalp – A hiker who encountered a mountain lion along a popular trail may have successfully avoided an attack by removing his sun glasses. The trail at Sabino Canyon is expected to re-open tomorrow. When approached by animals on the trails, you’re supposed to wave your arms and make a lot of noise. That’s what one hiker did but it wasn’t working. It turned out that his sunglasses made the difference between life and death. Arizona Game and Fish tracks mountain lion activity. The agency receives up to 100 reports of sightings every year. But an encounter last week involving a hiker near Hutch’s pool raised serious concerns.

eye%20SM5K“The mountain lion was asleep and startled by his approach, moved off about 15 yards, and then started to move toward the hiker,” said Mark Hart with Game and Fish. The hiker yelled at the cat and waved his arms. The animal continued to approach until the man took off his sun glasses. “They eye contact basically sends a message that I’m not afraid, I’m going to stand my ground, and if you’ll notice, I’m bigger than you.” It’s unclear if the hiker’s direct eye contact is the reason the mountain lion decided to turn away, but Sabino Canyon hikers are taking note. – For complete article see http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/22527448/game-and-fish-give-mountain-lion-safety-tips

Hantavirus:

imagesCAULAVUQArizona 06/08/13 azdailysun.com: A Flagstaff woman has died from complications of the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. According to information from the Coconino County Public Health Services District, it is unknown where the woman contracted the virus. The disease is rare and is spread by infected rodent droppings. The disease is spread to people who come into contact with or breathe infected urine, droppings or saliva of wild mice — primarily deer mice. The illness is not spread from person to person. The last reported case in the county, according to the health district, was in 2007, and that person eventually recovered. Since 2006, there have been 22 confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state. Eleven of those cases ended in death. – For complete article see http://azdailysun.com/news/local/hantavirus-kills-flagstaff-woman/article_1f827a19-64a7-5f82-8592-f154ec2f28ba.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 06/09/13 Sacramento County: A male resident who tested positive for WNV earlier this year has died and is the state’s first human WNV-related fatality of 2013. Both birds and mosquitoes found in the county have also tested positive for the virus this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/09/5482701/sacramento-county-reports-first.html

disease%20cycleCalifornia 06/06/13 Los Angeles County: A San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District ecologist has confirmed that a bird found southeast of Santa Anita Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia has tested positive for WNV. Last year, there were 479 confirmed human cases of WNV in the state, including 20 fatalities. – See http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23406621/first-case-west-nile-virus-confirmed-dead-bird

west-nile-banner357California 06/06/13 Merced County: The county’s Mosquito Abatement District has announced that two dead crows found near 21st Street, east of G and T streets near Donna Drive in the northern part of the City of Merced have tested positive for WNV. – http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/06/06/3057719/first-trace-of-west-nile-virus.html

west-nile-virusUtah 06/06/13 Washington County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes captured in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581290/West-Nile-virus-rears-its-head-in-southwestern-Utah.html

Rabies:

knzjts-080709inknoseskunk - CopyColorado 06/07/13 Boulder County: A skunk found this week in the vicinity of Left Hand Canyon Drive north of the City of Boulder has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_23415063/skunk-found-north-boulder-tests-positive-rabies

0coonvsdog422 - CopyGeorgia 06/07/13 Hall County: A raccoon that fought with a dog in the Bills Circle area of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth confirmed case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=262322

Ohio 06/08/13 Medina County: A bat found in a home on Lake Road near Gloria Glens in Westfield Township has tested positive for rabies. This is the 4th bat to test positive for the virus in the county this year, and the 2nd in two weeks. – See http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2013/06/08/rabies-batPosteroutbreak-spreads-among-bats/

Oregon 06/07/13 Grant County: A bat that bit a woman in her home on May 21st in the southern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.opb.org/news/article/grant-county-woman-suffers-bat-bite/

Raccoons2 - CopyRhode Island 06/07/13 Kent County: Eighteen people, including four children, are being treated for exposure to the rabies virus after a family in Coventry found a baby raccoon and took it home as a pet. The incident occurred on May 29th when family members found the animal on John Franklin Road near the Scituate line. – See http://www.abc6.com/story/22528425/11-people-treated-for-rabbies-after-baby-racoon-brought-into-coventry-home

Texas 06/07/13 Jefferson County: A bat captured in Beaumont has tested positive for rabies after a professional who was removing bats from a house at 2486 Pierce Street was either bitten or otherwise exposed to the virus. – See http://www.12newsnow.com/story/22534554/beaumont-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies

big_brown_batNPSCanada:

Ontario 06/07/13 Grey County: A big brown bat found in the Flesherton community of Grey Highlands has tested positive for rabies. – See http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2013/06/07/first-confirmed-rabid-animal-in-2-years-in-grey-bruce/

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