Alberta 05/08/14 Wood Buffalo: by Brian Byrne and Mark O’Regan – Lorna Weafer (36) died after being attacked by a large male black bear while working on an oil field in Alberta, Canada. Ms Weafer emigrated to Canada (from Dublin, Ireland) with her parents Margaret and Frank more than 30 years ago. She had worked as an instrument technician carrying out electrical work at the Suncor oil field situated in an area described as “wilderness”, some 25 miles north of her home in Fort McMurray. The incident occurred at approximately 2.15pm last Wednesday as Ms Weafer was coming out of a portable washroom. She died at the scene.
According to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), the bear was mature and was later tracked down and killed by officers. A close family member of Ms Weafer last night told the Irish Independent the entirely family were “numb” over the incident. “The family is still in shock due to the nature of her death. Some family members are going over the Canada. Her parents still live in Canada,” the family said. – For complete article see http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dublinborn-woman-36-killed-in-horrific-bear-attack-in-canada-30258724.html
North Carolina 05/09/14 Orange County: A fox that attacked a Hillsborough resident on his property May 7th is the 12th animal to test positive for rabies in the county so far this year. That ties the number of rabies cases identified in the county in 2012 and 2013, and this year is less than half over. Foxes are not even the dominant carriers of rabies in the area. Residents should be certain all pets have been vaccinated for the virus, and they should avoid contact with wild animals. – See http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x483415266/Orange-has-12th-rabies-case-for-year
Virginia 05/08/14 Gloucester County: A stray, gray tabby cat that scratched a 5-year-old in the vicinity of Winfred Road in Gloucester has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who might have been in contact with the animal should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/gloucester-blog/dp-stray-cat-with-rabies-scratches-5yearold-child-in-gloucester-20140509,0,4232481.story