CALIFORNIA confirms 13 MOUNTAIN LION attacks on humans in last 27 years ~ WYOMING issues MOUNTAIN LION warning ~ EEE & WNV reports from DE, & VT ~ RABIES reports from CT, NC, & CANADA: ALBERTA.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

California 08/31/13 CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife: Officials have confirmed 13 mountain lion attacks on humans between the ages of 5 and 70 years from March 1986 through July 2012. Of these, 3 were fatal. Other attacks have been reported in the state, but they were not confirmed. – For date and location of each attack see http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/lion/attacks.html

Lion.npsWyoming 08/30/13 Teton County: State and local officials have confirmed reports of a mountain lion sighting in west Jackson. They are attempting to trap and relocate the cat but until then a portion of the Flat Creek pathway has been closed. Local police are escorting schoolchildren through the area. – See http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/mountain-lion-spotted-in-west-jackson/article_48b50b46-4ebf-5efe-963d-35d0b689595c.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

DeDA_LOGODelaware 08/30/13 DE Dept of Agriculture: State officials announced today that a Kent County horse has tested positive for WNV. The horse, which is recovering well, is the state’s first confirmed equine case of WNV since 2003, said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst. “Prevention is key, and effective vaccines are available to help protect horses against these types of diseases,” said Hirst. – See http://news.delaware.gov/2013/08/30/horse-with-west-nile-virus-recovering-doing-well/

VT-DH_logo_vert_356Vermont 08/30/13 VT Dept of Health: EEE has been detected in more mosquitoes from the swampy areas of Whiting, nearby Leicester, and Brandon. Officials have confirmed EEE in five mosquito collected on August 26, 27 and 28. The virus was also recently detected in mosquitoes in Sudbury, from the opposite side of the swamp from where the Brandon mosquitoes were collected. “The entire area around this swamp system appears to be a hot spot for EEE,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. – See http://healthvermont.gov/news/2013/083013_eee_detected.aspx

Rabies:

1426663Connecticut 08/30/13 Fairfield County: Two cases of rabies were confirmed in New Canaan this week. A rabid raccoon fought with a dog in the vicinity of Greenley Road, and a rabid bat was found on the floor of a home on Meadow Lane. – See http://newcanaan.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/raccoon-bat-test-positive-for-rabies-in-new-canaan

bat86930North Carolina 08/31/13 Cumberland County: A bat found at a home on the 500 block of Nottingham Drive, off Stacey Weaver Drive, in the College Lakes neighborhood of Fayetteville, has tested positive for rabies. This is the 13th case of rabies found in the county this year. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/08/30/1279735?sac=fo.local

Canada:

LittleBrownBat_USDAAlberta 08/29/13 AL Health Authority: A bat that bit a person in Lethbridge has tested positive for rabies. The person was trying to stop a fight between the bat and a cat. This is the first case of rabies reported in Lethbridge in many years.– See http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/29/lethbridge-bat-bites-rabies_n_3839377.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-alberta

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One response to “CALIFORNIA confirms 13 MOUNTAIN LION attacks on humans in last 27 years ~ WYOMING issues MOUNTAIN LION warning ~ EEE & WNV reports from DE, & VT ~ RABIES reports from CT, NC, & CANADA: ALBERTA.

  1. Adult mountain lions are really dangerous and kill quickly. They eat humans and dogs and cats as much as they eat deer and horses. I would probably carry gun if I was an avid hiker. There are not enough precautions in place such as an incidence warning, for the general public to share space with mountain lions. Website like Wikipedia are strange when they indicate to yell and hit the lion if attacked because it probably will not deter a an adult lion.

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