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BLACK BEAR attacks WISCONSIN bird hunter ~ MALARIA infections hit 40-year high in U.S. ~ NEW MEXICO woman dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MS, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from CT, GA, NJ, NY, VT, & VA.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Wisconsin 10/30/13 by Jackson Schmidtke – Sometimes when you go hunting you come across animals you’re not looking to hunt. A Barron County grouse hunter’s encounter on Saturday put him and his dog in the hospital. “It was a spot where he would have never seen this bear laying on the ground,” said DNR Conservation Warden Phillip Dorn. Phil Anderson was hunting ruffed grouse at the Loon Lake Wildlife Area when he heard branches cracking. He thought it was a deer but it turned out to be a black bear. “I heard my dog squealing in distress and I kind of figured out what was happening,” Anderson said. Anderson’s dog had encountered a mother bear and her cubs in Barron County.

a.LoonLake.WI“I yelled for the dog and immediately the adult bear came from that direction and charged at me and knocked me on my back,” said Anderson “She batted me a few times and shook me and then she went back to my dog.”  After regaining his feet, Anderson yelled at the bear hoping to scare it. The bear left the dog and charged Anderson again. This time Anderson was prepared and was able to shoot the bear point blank in the face with birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear. “Birdshot doesn’t really penetrate that well from distances,” said Dorn “but this was very close range. Probably within three feet.” The 275-pound bear died instantly.  Anderson and his dog were able to walk three quarters of a mile to his truck. He then drove home where he and his wife assessed his injuries and drove to Cumberland hospital. From there he was airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities to have his wounds cleaned and closed. – For complete article and video see


a.malaria.298ed98National 10/31/13 by Michael Smith – The number of malaria cases in the U.S. hit a 40-year peak in 2011, the CDC reported. The 1,925 cases, including five deaths, represent an increase of 14% from the 1,691 cases in 2010 and the largest number since 1971, when the agency was notified of 3,180 cases. The 2011 toll includes 1,920 cases classified as imported, as well as one laboratory-acquired case, one related to a transfusion, two congenital cases, and one cryptic case, the agency said in a surveillance summary in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Not only were there more cases, but more cases were classified as severe in 2011 than in 2010, 275 versus 183, a difference that was significant at P=0.0018.

a.MalariaMap.9899f8The CDC report suggested that the increased numbers might be a result of growing international travel to malarial regions, combined with inadequate chemoprevention by travelers. “Malaria isn’t something many doctors see frequently in the United States thanks to successful malaria elimination efforts in the 1940s,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD. “The increase in malaria cases reminds us that Americans remain vulnerable and must be vigilant against diseases like malaria because our world is so interconnected by travel,” he said in a statement.

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

The U.S. figures also appear to parallel increases in other countries, the agency said, noting that 2011 numbers in the United Kingdom were up 22% from 2008, although down slightly from 2010. The findings are based on data submitted to the National Malaria Surveillance System, the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. – For complete article see

Blogger’s Note: Malaria gets very little attention in this blog because, as the numbers reflect, it is primarily an issue for those who travel to other areas of the world and not one of major concern to those who work, play, hike, camp, hunt and fish in the great American outdoors. This article, however, is extremely interesting. JG


Deer mouse.

Deer mouse.

New Mexico 10/31/13 Santa Fe County: Officials have confirmed that a 73-year-old female resident of the county has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a disease transmitted through the urine, droppings, or saliva of rodents, especially deer mice. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 10/30/13 MS Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed that the third WNV-related fatality this year involved a resident of Forrest County previously reported as a human case of the virus. There have now been 43 human cases reported in the state, including the three fatalities. – For details see,14460,341.html

dallas cty TXTexas 10/30/13 Dallas County: Officials have confirmed the 14th human case of WNV in the 75089 ZIP code area (Rowlett) of the county this year. – See

Ector_County.TXTexas 10/30/13 Ector County: Officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in Odessa. – See

Midland_County.TXTexas 10/29/13 Midland County: Officials have confirmed five human cases of WNV in the City of Midland, and Midland Health & Senior Services is currently investigating two new cases. – See video and article at


xchng_rabid_meanieMeanDog45Connecticut 10/30/3 New Haven County: East Shore Health District officials are warning Branford residents to take precautions after a raccoon that attacked two dogs tested positive for rabies. Dogs, cats, and livestock should be vaccinated. – For complete article and other precautions see

PHIL_2186_loresCDCGeorgia 10/29/13 Madison County: Two wild animals have recently tested positive for rabies: a skunk that was in contact with a dog in the 1000 block of Coley Davis Road in Danielsville, and a raccoon that was in contact with a cat in the 400 block of Forest Lane in Colbert. – See

rasf2New Jersey 10/30/13 Camden County: A skunk that was in contact with a dog in Voorhees Township has tested positive for rabies. – See

Rabies. Cow dying of rabies.  Copyright ITMNew York 10/30/13 Herkimer County: A cow stabled in the town of Stark has tested positive for rabies. – See

fox-and-raccoon-nibble2 (2)Vermont 10/29/13 Addison County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon and a fox found in Bristol tested positive for the virus. The raccoon bit a man, and the fox was dying when it was found. – See

raccoon-loomcomVirginia 10/30/13 Pittsylvania County: A Rabies Alert has been issued by Pittsylvania/Danville Health District officials after a raccoon found in the vicinity of Old Mine Road in the Gretna area tested positive for the virus. – See

White WOLF shot by MONTANAN really a WOLF-DOG hybrid ~ DOLPHIN deaths due to VIRUS spreading to SOUTH CAROLINA ~ WNV reports from NY, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from FL, MD, NJx2, SC, TN, TX, & VT.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Montana 10/24/13 by Rob Chaney – What appeared to be a white wolf threatening a Lolo resident’s horses on Sunday was really something else. “It turned out to be a wolf-dog hybrid,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist Liz Bradley said on Wednesday. “It looked very wolfy, but it was neutered.” The landowner shot and killed the dog after seeing it eyeing his horses Sunday morning. Bradley said she also got reports from a resident in Florence of a similar animal chasing her house cat up a tree. “It’s a concern if somebody is releasing hybrids in the area,” she said. “Sometimes they can be more troublesome than wolves. They come a lot closer to people and can be dangerous.” Bradley said she hadn’t had any other wolf incidents reported near homes in the Missoula or Bitterroot valleys this fall. – For complete article and photo see

Dolphin Virus:

dolphin-face5.BingFreeuselicSouth Carolina 10/24/13 by Zach Murdock – A virus is crippling unusually high numbers of dolphins along the East Coast, and at least one infected dolphin has been stranded in Beaufort County, according to federal oceanic scientists. Since July, the morbillivirus has caused dolphin strandings along the mid-Atlantic coast to rise more than nine times the historical average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Fisheries website. The increase is classified by the agency as an “unusual mortality event” and includes the waters off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

5430923154_a53104228a_zThe National Ocean Service has investigated nine strandings in South Carolina since the state was added to the watch area in September, said Wayne McFee, National Ocean Service marine mammal stranding program scientist. Two of those dolphins were found stranded on Beaufort County beaches recently, according to Al Segars, veterinarian for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The first, found on Hilton Head Island several weeks ago, tested positive for the virus, Segars said; test results on the second, found on Fripp Island on Tuesday, are pending. So far, two other dolphins found in the state have tested positive for the virus and results are still pending on five others, McFee said. The virus can’t be transmitted to humans, Segars said. However, infected dolphins could be carrying other diseases, like brucella, that can be passed on, he added. – For complete article, video, and contact information re stranded dolphins see

Blogger’s Note: Morbillivirus is similar to measles and highly infectious but this particular strain of the virus cannot be transmitted to humans. Brucellosis is an infectious zoonotic disease caused by the brucella bacteria, which can be transmitted to humans.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

suffolk cty NY (2)New York 10/24/13 Suffolk County: Officials have confirmed a 2nd human case of WNV in the town of Brookhaven. – See

denton cty TXTexas 10/24/13 Denton County: Officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in Argyle this week. This is the 5th human case of WNV in the county this year. – See

TX.dallascountysealTexas 10/24/13 Dallas County Health Department: Officials have confirmed the county’s 2nd WNV-related fatality this year. The patient lived in the 75019 ZIP Code area and is the 13th human case of WNV in the county this season. – See

wichita.cty.TXTexas 10/23/13 Wichita County: Officials confirmed on October 23rd that a second human case of WNV has been identified in a Wichita Falls woman who is recovering. – See


raccoon_USFWS_Bill_Buchanan_smallFlorida 10/23/13 Bay County: A raccoon killed near the south end of the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven is the sixth animal testing positive for rabies this year. – See

fox213Maryland 10/23/13 Caroline County: A fox that ran from under a car in Denton and bit a man, and then went into a nearby home and bit two dogs and the homeowner, has tested positive for rabies. State police responded and shot the fox. Two people and two dogs are being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See video and article at

raccoon_cat_doorNew Jersey 10/23/13 Atlantic County: A raccoon removed from a home in the 800 block of Elwood Road in Mullica Township last week has tested positive for rabies. Five cats and the property owner were potentially exposed to the virus. This is the 7th rabid raccoon found in the county this year, and the 2nd this week. – See

0New Jersey 10/23/13 Mercer County: A skunk found on Temple Terrace in Lawrence Township last week that had been in contacted with neighborhood pets has tested positive for rabies. – See

image487South Carolina 10/23/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured on Northwood Drive in the city of Aiken has tested positive for rabies. – See

1023_WEB_a_RaxVax_t618Tennessee 10/23/13 Hamilton & Bradley counties: The U.S. Dept of Agriculture is dropping oral rabies vaccine packets by hand and from a helicopter in both counties. The program has been ongoing since 2003. – For complete article and graph showing USDA East Coast program area see

batwarningTexas 10/24/13 Hidalgo County: Two bats found in the downtown area of McAllen have tested positive for rabies. – See

sidebar_RabiesAlertVermont 10/23/13 Addison County: A puppy rescued from an upstate New York shelter by a New Haven family has tested positive for rabies. It was sick and getting progressively worse so the family finally consented to euthanasia. Since it had bitten a family member, state law required an autopsy. Fifteen people, including the family and friends, are now being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See