CANADIAN fights off GRIZZLY BEAR with bare hands in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ EEE & WNV reports from DE, LA, MN, & TX ~ RABIES reports from CA, FL, IL, NC, & TX.

Grizzly. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Grizzly. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.


_1214802323grizBritish Columbia 09/06/13 by Christine Tam – A 50-year-old man is in hospital after fighting off a grizzly bear with his bare hands near Bella Coola, B.C. Friday. Jerry Lacerte was walking to a friend’s house near Thorsen Creek at around 8 a.m. when he was attacked by a grizzly bear that was with her two cubs. “I saw three bears and the mother bear just started attacking me,” Lacerte said. Lacerte started fighting for his life as the bear lashed out at him, cutting his face and arms. “I punched her right square in the nose,” he said. “I gave it all I had to get away.” Thankfully, Lacerte’s final blow was enough to scare off the grizzly and stop the attack. Lacerte played dead before flagging down a driver in a passing vehicle who drove him straight to the hospital. He was treated for severe cuts to his face and arms and is expected to be released Saturday.

map.bella.coola.bcLacerte is warning others in the area to be prepared for grizzly bear encounters. Female grizzlies can weigh up to 440 pounds and stand six feet tall. “Make sure you have bear spray,” Lacerte warns. Conservation officers said they are investigating the incident. “Just from the strength and the power of these animals, Jerry is a very lucky individual,” said conservation officer Len Butler. “We all know the size of the grizzlies… it’s definitely life threatening and it could have been for him.” Butler said they are trying to determine what the motive of the attack was. “It seems like it was a defensive attack. The bears are in the river right now feeding on the salmon and it sounds like the subject was walking along the highway and got between the sow and the cubs,” Butler said. “People have to be aware when there are bears in the rivers like that. It is a dangerous situation.” – For photos of Jerry Lacerte and original article see

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

New Castle cty DEDelaware 09/07/13 New Castle County: Officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of WNV this year. A woman in her 20’s living in New Castle County tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. – See

LA-DHHLouisiana 09/06/13 LA Dept of Health:  Officials have confirmed the state’s first WNV-related fatality of the year, which occurred in Rapides Parish. The department is also reporting 10 new human cases of WNV this week, bringing this year’s total number of cases to 31. This week’s new infections include six cases of neuro-invasive disease, four cases from Ouachita Parish and one each from Lafayette and St. Tammany parishes, and four cases of West Nile fever, with three in Ouachita Parish and one in St. Tammany Parish. – See

Faribault-County_MNMinnesota 09/08/13 Faribault County: Officials have confirmed that a human case of WNV has been diagnosed in a resident of Blue Earth. – See

dallas cty TXTexas 09/06/13 Dallas County: A male resident recently hospitalized with a human case of neuro-invasive WNV is the fifth human case in the county this year. Ground spraying will be conducted in the area, especially in the vicinity of the 75137 ZIP code where the victim lives. – See


0113-bats-flyingW-1024x682California 09/07/13 Los Angeles County: So far this year, 26 bats found in the county have tested positive for rabies. Eleven of these bats were found in the Santa Clarita Valley. Officials are at a loss to explain why the number of rabies cases is on the rise. – For locations and other details see

8bdc7946acf57f7ea0baead86fa7550eFlorida 09/06/13 Bay County: A raccoon killed in the vicinity of North Lagoon Drive east of Laurie Avenue in Panama City Beach has tested positive for rabies. – See

Illinois 09/07/13 Kane County: A bat found in the yard of a residence in Batavia has tested positive for rabies. – See

North Carolina 09/06/13 Cumberland County: A bat that a landscaper found flopping about on the driveway of a home in the 500 block of Forest Road in the Haymount area of Fayetteville has tested positive for rabies. – See grounded%20bat

Texas 09/05/13 Dallas County: A bat that bit a person who tried to pick it up near a residence in the 1100 block of Mayfield Avenue in Garland has tested positive for rabies. – See


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