Two BEARS attack three people and a third raids a hiker’s camp in separate reports from three CANADIAN provinces ~ NEW YORK officials confirm two cases of POWASSAN VIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from TEXAS ~ RABIES reports from FLx2, GA, NJ, SC, & TX.

Polar, Black, & Grizzly bears. Wikispaces. Bing free use license.

Polar, Black, & Grizzly bears. Wikispaces. Bing free use license.


angry-polar-bear2Manitoba 11/01/13: A polar bear attacked two people in the town of Churchill just after 5:00 CDT this morning. The first person, Bill Ayott, 69, left the safety of his home when he heard a commotion as the bear confronted two other people, but he attracted the bear and it attacked him instead then left as a vehicle approached. Later that morning, a woman, age 30, was also attacked and injured by a polar bear. Ayotte and the woman were both hospitalized. Conservation officers tracked and shot the bear, killing it and another bear as well. – For article and video see

This is the second polar bear-on-human attack in the town of Churchill in the past two months. In September, Garett Kolsun, 40, was attacked while walking home early on Saturday morning, the 7th. He, like Ayott, managed to walk away, but not before he was badly  bitten, clawed, and in need of medical attention (See this blog – CANADIAN’s cellphone helps him survive POLAR BEAR attack – posted 09/11/13).

bear-attack.grizzlyAlberta 10/31/13: A hunter with a license to bag black bear went into a remote area near the Chain Lakes southwest of Calgary last Sunday and took a shot at what turned out to be a grizzly. After about 20 minutes, he decided to track it, and it found him. Though bitten several times and struggling to survive with a crushed wrist, he managed to free his knife and thrust a mortal stab into the grizzly’s throat. Then he returned to his vehicle and drove several hours through a storm to the town of Nanton where a service station attendant administered first aid and called an ambulance. From there, he was taken to a hospital in Calgary. Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the hunter could face charges if the grizzly’s death proves to be something other than self-defense, in which case he could be fined $100.000.00 and jailed for up to two years.  – See

blackbear_1721930c-133Quebec 10/31/13: Within the past two weeks, rescuers found Marco Lavoie, 44, barely clinging to life in the Canadian wilderness. About three months ago, Lavoie left home on what he anticipated would be an eight week hike across the Lake Matagami region of northwestern Quebec.  But sometime in August a bear entered his camp, ate his food, and destroyed his survival equipment. He was experienced so his family wasn’t worried  until ten days ago when, on October 21st, they called provincial police. Rescuers said he might have lasted another 24 to 48 hours, but not much longer. It’s been snowing up there for two or three weeks now. – See

Powassan Virus:

Deer tick.

Deer tick.

New York 10/31/13 Putnam County Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed two human cases of Powassan Virus, a tick-borne disease. Like Lyme disease, POW is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick, but POW can be transmitted in as little as 15 minutes. Most Lyme disease infections require the tick to be attached for more than 24 hours. Also, POW is a viral rather than a bacterial infection like Lyme disease, so antibiotics are useless in treating it. Since 2001, New York has reported 16 human cases of POW, five of them in Putnam County. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

West_Nile_TexasTexas 11/01/13 Dallas County: Officials have confirmed the 15th human case of WNV this year in a resident of ZIP code area 75204. – See


Florida 10/31/13 Hernando County: A raccoon killed in Brooksville by two vaccinated dogs has tested positive for rabies. – See

Raccoon-SiedePreis-smFlorida 10/31/13 Palm Beach County: A raccoon picked up last Sunday by animal control officers in the 3000 block of Churchill Drive in Boynton Beach after a resident reported that it looked sick has tested positive for rabies. – See

Georgia 11/01/13 Hall County: A raccoon that was in contact with two dogs in the Goble Drive area of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See

skunk245mn2New Jersey 11/01/13 Middlesex County: A skunk killed by a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of Mershon Lane and Krebs Road in Plainsboro has tested positive for rabies. – See

imagesCAQVTCKPSouth Carolina 11/01/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured October 27th in the Cherry Hill Drive vicinity of the City of Aiken has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid raccoon found in the city in the past two weeks. – See

Looking-for-Kittens-001Texas 10/31/13 McLennan County: A stray kitten that was hit by a car in Waco last week and then bit a Good Samaritan who rescued it has tested positive for rabies. The Good Samaritan is being treated for exposure to the virus. – See



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