Tag Archives: Beaver

RABID BEAVER attacks two young GIRLS swimming in VIRGINIA lake ~ Wildlife Conservancy trail camera snaps rare photo of MOUNTAIN LION roaming MICHIGAN’s UP ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: OREGONIAN may lose fingers and toes after contracting BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from MA, & NC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2 ~ RABIES reports from FL, GA, ID, KS, ME, NE, NYx2, NCx2, & PA.

American Beaver. Photo by Steve of Washington, D.C. Wikimedia Commons.

Virginia 07/17/12 delmarvanow.com: Authorities say two young girls are recovering after being bitten by a rabid beaver while swimming in Lake Anna. Louisa County Sheriff’s Maj. Donald Lowe said Tuesday that the 11-year-old and eight-year-old sisters were attacked on Sunday near Sorbie Cove in Louisa. The Spotsylvania County girls have since been released from the hospital.

The Free Lance-Star reports (http://bit.ly/Nw0ohy ) that Lowe said somebody already had shot and killed the beaver by the time the authorities responded to the incident. Police then turned the beaver over to the health department, which confirmed the animal had rabies. Both girls are receiving shots for rabies. Virginia Department of Health officials say it’s just the fourth time in the past decade that a beaver in Virginia has been confirmed to have rabies.

Michigan 07/18/12 detroitnews.com: by Tom Greenwood – A rare daytime photograph of a cougar roaming the woods in the Upper Peninsula is bolstering arguments of wild life experts that the big cats are doing well in Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy —a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 — released a photo Wednesday of the cougar that was snapped by a trail camera on June 1 on private property in southern Marquette County.

Photo by Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.

According to Patrick Rusz, director of wildlife programs for the conservancy, the cougar looks healthy and checks in at about 72 inches from nose to tail and weighs between 100 and 120 pounds. “There have been other confirmations of the existence of cougars in the form of sightings, tracks and scat, but more and more of them are appearing on trail cameras,” Rusz said. “For years, the Department of Natural Resources has been denying or downplaying the existence of cougars, saying they were someone’s escaped pet or cats that drifted in from the west. “It’s time for them to take a look at this.” Rusz, along with retired DNR forester Michael Zuidema, verified the trail camera’s location on a well-used wildlife trail atop a wooded ridge. According to Rusz, the camera also has photographed wolves, coyotes, bobcats and other predators at the same site over a four-year period. – For complete article see http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120718/METRO/207180396/1361/Cougar-sighting-reported-in-U.P.%E2%80%99s-Marquette-County

Follow-Up Report:

(See OREGONIAN hospitalized with illness believed to be PLAGUE Posted 06/13/12)

Photo provided by Gaylord family taken July 11, 2012.

Oregon 07/17/12 huffingtonpost.com: by Steven Dubois – One look at Paul Gaylord’s hands shows why the plague is referred to as “Black Death.” The welder’s once-strong hands have been withered by the cell-killing infection and darkened to the color of charcoal. Doctors are waiting to see if they can save a portion of his fingers, but the outlook is grim for the man who needs them for his livelihood. “I don’t think I can do my job,” Gaylord said in a phone interview from a Bend, Ore., hospital. “I’m going to lose all my fingers on both hands. I don’t know about my thumbs. The toes – I might lose all them, too.” Gaylord, who turns 60 next month, contracted a rare case of the plague trying to take a mouse from the jaws of a choking cat at his home in Prineville, in rural Oregon. – For complete article see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/paul-gaylord-recovering-f_n_1681242.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Massachusetts 07/18/12 foxnews.com: Massachusetts will launch an urgent campaign of aerial spraying after numerous mosquito samples collected in the southeast of the state tested positive for the killer EEE virus, health officials said on Tuesday. A bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the EEE virus, triggering a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain that can also leave survivors with significant brain damage. – See http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/07/18/massachusetts-targets-killer-mosquitoes-with-aerial-spraying/

North Carolina 07/18/12 thehorse.com: Two North Carolina Quarter Horses were euthanized this month after contracting EEE, a mosquito-borne disease that is largely preventable in equine by vaccination. The unvaccinated horses–a 2-year-old Robeson County mare and a 7-year-old stallion from Bladen County–exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression, and inability to stand or eat. The Robeson County horse’s condition deteriorated so quickly that she was euthanized within 24 hours of first exhibiting clinical signs. The Bladen County stallion displayed signs for several weeks before being euthanized earlier this month; testing at Rollins Laboratory, in Raleigh, confirmed EEE this week. They are the first reported cases of EEE in North Carolina horses this year. Last week, New Hanover County officials reported that EEE was found in a sentinel chicken flock. – See http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20332

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Stanislaus County

California 07/18/12 Stanislaus County: A 6-year-old girl has WNV, the third confirmed human case in the state this year. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21101043/calif-girl-has-west-nile-3rd-case-state

Contra Costa County

California 07/18/12 Contra Costa County: Two crows tested positive for WNV Tuesday, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. The crows were found in the towns of Pleasant Hill and Knightsen. – See http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/health-med-fit-science/two-dead-birds-discovered-coco-county-carrying-wes/nPxd7/


Florida 07/18/12 Graceville, Jackson County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by two dogs on Damascus Church Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/19058023/another-rabid-raccoon-found-in-jackson-county

Georgia 07/17/12 Waverly, Camden County: A resident is being treated for exposure to rabies after being exposed to a fox that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia-news/Rabid-fox-found-in-Camden-County/-/475792/15578962/-/f8miyk/-/index.html

Idaho 07/18/12 Caldwell, Canyon County: A bat that bit a young girl playing near the Indian Creek Bridge on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/162950486.html

Kansas 07/18/12 Augusta, Butler County: A skunk that fought with a dog has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.andoveramerican.com/news/x558822720/Rabid-skunk-found-in-Butler-County

Maine 07/18/12 Bath, Sagadahoc County: A fox that attacked a 67-year-old man on Whiskeag Road Monday has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed case of rabies in the city this year. – See http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2012/07/18/bath-has-2nd-rabies-case-year/130141

Nebraska 07/18/12 Cheyenne County: by John Roark – Two recent reports of rabid skunks in eastern Cheyenne County is creating cause for concern. The first incident occurred July 2 in the Lodgepole-Sunol area, when a skunk managed to get inside the back yard of a residence and tried to attack a small dog. That skunk was taken to White Bluffs Veterinary Hospital in Sidney, before being sent by Dr. Dave Weiderspon to laboratories at Kansas State University in Manhattan, where the animal tested positive for rabies. A week later, another skunk was discovered in the back yard of a residence along Road 109, near Sidney Airport. In that instance, a dog was playing with the dead skunk, which also tested positive for rabies at KSU. – See http://www.suntelegraph.com/cms/news/story-628153.html

New York 07/18/12 Otsego County: Four people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a cat tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-Otsego-County-162922856.html

New York 07/19/12 Mahopac, Putnam County: One person is being treated for exposure to rabies after being bitten by a stray cat that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.putnamcountycourier.com/news/2012-07-19/General_Stories/Rabid_Cat_Found.html

North Carolina 07/17/12 Boone, Watauga County: The Appalachian District Health Department is urging anyone to come forward who might have had contact with a striped black-and-brown cat last week in Boone — a cat later determined to have rabies. The department received a report of three females in a Ford F-150 truck, either green and tan or brown and tan, who left a thin, striped, black-and-brown cat at the Kangaroo gas station on State Farm Road around 4:30 p.m. July 12. The cat was later taken to the Watauga Humane Society and tested positive for rabies. It is critical that the three individuals and anyone else who may have come in contact with this animal between June 29 and July 15 contact the Watauga County Health Department immediately at (828) 264-4995 immediately for a rabies risk assessment.

North Carolina 07/18/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: A raccoon that was attacked by dogs near Highway 57 has tested positive for rabies. This is the eighth case of rabies confirmed in the county this year. – See http://www.chapelboro.com/Eighth-Confirmed-Rabies-Case-In-OC/13754821

Pennsylvania 07/18/12 Oakmont, Allegheny County: Health officials have issued a rabies warning after a raccoon found staggering along a walking trail near Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue on Sunday tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/rabies-warning-issued-after-raccoon-tests-positive/nPxkd/


Coyote attacks another youngster in Colorado; Two youngsters, from Virginia and Florida, contract fatal amoebic infections while swimming; Black Bear scavenging prompts Forest Service to ban tents at Colorado campground; Swarms of Fleas overwhelm Connecticut firefighters; Massachusetts finds more EEE-infected mosquitoes; West Nile Virus reports from MA, NY, OH, PA (2), and Ontario (2); and Rabies reports from NM, NC (2), VA, and WV. Follow-Up Reports: Seven Coyotes killed in Altadena, California; CDC finds no Rabies exposure among Delta 5121 passengers so far but learns of Bat colony at Wisconsin airport.

Coyote. Photo by Christopher Bruno. Wikimedia Commons.

Coyote attack:

Colorado 08/17/11 : Broomfield police say a six-year-old boy was attacked by a coyote yesterday while walking with his father and a younger sibling on a trail south of Colo. Rt. 7 between Lowell Blvd., and Sheridan Pkwy. The boy was treated for puncture wounds at a local hospital. State wildlife officials are searching for the coyote but have been unsuccessful so far. If the animal is found, it will be euthanized and tested for rabies. This is the second time a coyote has attacked a small child in this neighborhood in the past five weeks. http://www.timescall.com/ci_18699437

Amoebic Infection reports:

Virginia 08/17/11  : A 9-year-old boy has succumbed to an infection called Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is caused by a water-borne “brain-eating amoeba” known as Naegleria fowleri. This past Saturday a 16-year-old boy from Florida died after being infected by the same parasite while swimming. According to the CDC, only 32 PAM cases have been reported in the U.S. during the past ten years. PAM infections are almost always fatal; only five people in the U.S. are known to have survived. With protection advice provided by the CDC. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232900.php

Black Bear looking for handouts:

Colorado 08/17/11 : According to a brief report from district wildlife officials, a black bear scavenging for food has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to temporarily prohibit tents and soft-sided trailers from Difficult Campground east of Aspen. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/08/17/bear-prompts-restrictions-at-campsite-near-aspen/

Fleas drive firefighters from building:

Connecticut 08/17/11 : Waterbury firefighters investigating an abandoned house on Tuesday were driven from the building by thousands of fleas. They were bitten so many times there is concern about several flea-borne illnesses, including bubonic plague. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44179192/ns/us_news-weird_news/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis reports:

Massachusetts 08/17/11 : A lengthy report provided by public health officials confirms that mosquito samples collected in Bristol and Plymouth counties tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis bringing the state’s total so far this year to 23. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110817/NEWS/108170332/-1/rss01

West Nile Virus reports:

Massachusetts 08/17/11 : Public health officials report two mosquitoes collected in New Bedford have tested positive for West Nile Virus bringing the state’s total so far this year to 124. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110817/NEWS/108170332/-1/rss01

New York 08/17/11 : The Suffolk County Health Dept. has confirmed that mosquitoes collected in North Patchogue have tested positive for West Nile Virus. With protection advice and contact information. http://patchogue.patch.com/articles/west-nile-samples-test-positive-in-north-patchogue

Cuyahoga County

Ohio 08/16/11 : The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports that mosquitoes collected in Mayfield Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, and East Cleveland have tested positive for West Nile Virus. With protection advice. http://hillcrest.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-found-in-mayfield-heights

Pennsylvania 08/17/11 : A crow found in Spring Township, and a mosquito collected in Harris Township have both tested positive for West Nile Virus. http://www.centredaily.com/2011/08/17/2880971/081711westnile2story.html

Lawrence County

Pennsylvania 08/17/11 : The Penn State Extension office confirms that a mosquito collected in Pulaski Township has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the fourth WNV mosquito infection report from Lawrence County this year. http://www.ncnewsonline.com/breakingnews/x1533032255/More-West-Nile-found-in-county


Acton, Ontario

Ontario 08/17/11 : Dr. Bob Nosal, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, reported in a news release that mosquitoes collected last week in Acton’s Halton Hills tested positive for West Nile Virus. With protection advice and contact information. http://www.insidehalton.com/news/news/article/1058019

Ontario 08/17/11 : For the first time since 2006, Lambton Community Health Services officials have confirmed that mosquitoes collected in Sarnia, and Oakdale, have tested positive for West Nile Virus. http://www.sarniathisweek.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3260666

Rabies reports:

New Mexico

08/17/11 : According to Eddy County Sheriff Ernie Mendoza, two dogs from Loving were euthanized last week following an encounter with a skunk that had rabies. http://www.currentargus.com/ci_18696444

North Carolina 08/17/11 : Ashville Animal Control officers are trying to locate two dogs that attacked a 4-year-old child Monday evening in the Malvern Hills area. If not found by tomorrow, the child will have to begin receiving post-exposure rabies shots. http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_5172.shtml

North Carolina

08/17/11: The NC state lab reports a fox that attacked a jogger in New Hanover County had rabies. http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20110817/ARTICLES/110819691/-1/news01?Title=Animal-control-confirms-fox-that-attacked-jogger-was-rabid

Virginia 08/17/11  : King George County Animal Control reports an aggressive cat killed by a resident on Dahlgren Rd. near Williams Creek tested positive for rabies. http://www.topix.com/city/colonial-beach-va/2011/08/this-just-in-from-king-george-alert-dead-cat-from-dahlgren-tests-positive-for-rabies


West Virginia


08/17/11 : The Pocahontas County Health Department has confirmed that a beaver found on Steven Hole Run Road in Buckeye had rabies. http://www.pocahontastimes.com/news/story/confirmed-case-of-rabies-in-the-county/205005

Follow-Up Report:

California  08/17/11 : (See post dated August 12, 2011: Coyotes take fourth pet in Altadena) County officials say they have killed seven coyotes this summer and the program to trap and kill the animals will continue until they are no longer a problem for Altadena residents. With advice about how to help by denying the coyotes food. http://altadena.patch.com/articles/seven-coyotes-killed-by-county-in-altadena

Wisconsin 08/16/11 : (See post dated August 15, 2011: CDC seeks contact with passengers that shared Delta flight 5121 with a Bat.) Of the 50 passengers interviewed so far, 40 have required no medical attention for possible exposure to Rabies. CDC officials are still searching for 10 of the passengers who were on Delta flight 5121 on August 5, 2011, a flight they shared with a bat that escaped before it could be tested for rabies. http://www.ajc.com/news/so-far-no-rabies-1115539.html

In a separate brief report, CDC investigators have learned that baggage handlers say they see live bats at the Madison airport on a regular basis, and occasionally they find dead bats. The CDC has offered to study the situation.  http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2011/aug/17/feds-say-live-dead-bats-reported-madison-airport/

Colorado Squirrel and Cat test positive for Bubonic Plague; Typhus now endemic to Travis County, Texas; Montana authorizes trappers to shoot Wolves killing Calves; Beaver that attacked three people in Pennsylvania had Rabies; and Rabies reports from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Albert's or Tassel-Eared Squirrel. Concentrations are found in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Courtesy National Park Service.

Colorado 06/04/11 denverpost.com: A pet cat and a dead squirrel have tested positive for the plague, the Daily Camera reports. The cat, which lived in the 2500 block of Sixth Street, tested positive for the bubonic plague after its owner took it into the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to be checked out by veterinarians, Boulder County health officials said. A dead squirrel found at the intersection of Eighth and Maxwell also tested positive for the plague. The cat was successfully treated with antibiotics. Plague occurs naturally in Colorado and is an infectious disease spread by fleas to wild rodents and other small mammals.

Texas 06/04/11 statesman.com: by Mary Ann Roser – From January to May, local health authorities investigated more typhus cases than they did during the same period last year and in 2009, another indication that the once-rare disease is now establishing itself in Central Texas. In five months, the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department tallied eight probable and confirmed reports of murine typhus, not counting two others still under investigation. That compares with five probable and confirmed cases last year from January through May and six during that same period in 2009. Given the small numbers, the increase isn’t statistically significant, said Carole Barasch, health department spokeswoman. But after four years of annual outbreaks of murine typhus, it’s now clear the illness, which can be fatal, is endemic in Travis County, and residents need to take precautions, she said. Murine typhus is a flea-borne disease that commonly occurs in South Texas, California and Hawaii, with most cases reported from May through September. It is spread by fleas from rats, opossums, dogs, cats and raccoons. Humans contract it when an infected flea bites and leaves its feces on the bite wound. Symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, vomiting, nausea, muscle pain and rash. Patients generally respond to antibiotics, but some must be hospitalized. Two patients have been hospitalized this year; none died, Barasch said. Cases this year have been reported in four ZIP codes — 78722, 78703, 78704, and 78751 — and patients have ranged in age from 13 to 56, she said. For all of last year, the health department reported 14 confirmed and possible cases of typhus in Travis County; in 2009, there were 35 such cases, she said. A lack of rain can prompt animals to seek alternative water sources, possibly near dwellings and people. The health department advises that the public use flea control measures to protect themselves and their pets. Those steps include feeding pets indoors to avoid attracting wild animals to the neighborhood; clearing heavy undergrowth and debris from yards to keep animals from nesting; wearing long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes when outside; and using insect repellents containing the active ingredient DEET. Statewide, the number of reported murine typhus cases has increased dramatically between 1998, when there were 45, and 2007 — the most recent year for data — when there were 169. That jump is the result of health officials more actively looking for cases, the state’s website says.

Montana 06/04/11 mtstandard.com: by Nick Gevock – Federal trappers confirmed three wolf attacks recently that left calves dead on private ranches near Dell, Polaris and Avon. In the incident near Dell, a wolf or wolves killed one calf, said Nathan Lance, Butte wolf biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Lance said biologists know of one pack in the area – the Four Eyes pack – but are uncertain if it was responsible. Biologists received a report of a lone wolf spotted in the area. The state authorized U.S. Wildlife Services to kill one wolf and collar another if they return. In another incident, the Bannack pack is believed to have attacked and killed a calf in the Grasshopper Valley west of Dillon. A federal trapper shot and killed one wolf, leaving three in the pack. Wolves also killed two calves on a private ranch near Avon. FWP does not know which pack was responsible. State biologists authorized trappers to shoot any wolves spotted on the ranch and has also issued the rancher shoot-on-sight permits for two wolves.

Pennsylvania 06/03/11 state.pa.us: Dr. Walter Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian, today announced test results for a beaver that attacked three individuals in northeast Philadelphia show that the animal was infected with the rabies virus.  Test results were provided to the Game Commission today, at 2:10 p.m., by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories in Exton, Chester County. Yesterday evening, the beaver carcass was taken to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Chester County, and prepared for transfer for rabies testing at the Department of Health facility.  A full necropsy will be conducted at New Bolton to determine if there were other potential causes, such as injury or another type of disease. As a precaution, Game Commission officials continue to encourage residents to avoid the Pennypack Creek waterfront area between Bustleton Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philadelphia.

Florida 06/03/11 floridatoday.com: by J.D. Gallop – Brevard County health officials are warning Cocoa residents to be on the alert after a woman was exposed to a rabid raccoon. The woman is being treated as a precaution, health officials reported. Authorities are also asking residents in the area of Fan Palm Avenue to contact Brevard County Health Department officials if they or their pets have been exposed to any stray animals. Health departments received confirmation Thursday of rabies present in the raccoon, which was found in the area of Fan Palm Avenue. Health officials warn residents to report any strange behavior by animals and to avoid touching or coming near wildlife such as raccoons or bats. Call (321) 454-7111 for more information.

Illinois 06/03/11 patch.com: A bat that tested positive for rabies was discovered at Oak Park School in Aurora earlier this week. The bat was found outside the building by a custodian early in the morning before school. There was no human exposure. Bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Illinois. Five bats testing positive were found in Kane County last year. Six were found in 2009, nine in 2008, five in 2007 and one in 2006. The last human case of rabies in Illinois was reported in 1954. For information about a referral for capturing bats or for submitting specimens for testing, please call Kane County Animal Control at (630) 232-3555.

Missouri 06/03/11 stltoday.com: The O’Fallon Police Department is requesting the public’s help in finding a dog that bit a 9-year-old boy. The boy was bitten about 8:30 a.m. May 24 near the intersection of Dona Jane and Collier in O’Fallon. The bite was not reported until that afternoon, and police have been unable to locate the dog. O’Fallon’s Animal Control Division and the police department are attempting to identify the dog to verify current rabies vaccinations. The dog is described as a yellow Labrador weighing 65-75 pounds. To report information that may assist in the investigation, call 636-240-3200.

New Hampshire 06/03/11 nashuatelegraph.com: by Joseph G. Cote – A fox that police “dispatched” Wednesday evening after it bit three people tested positive for rabies Thursday. Police and Fish and Game officials were able to lure the fox to a field near Back River Road and shot it around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. State lab tests revealed that the fox was rabid, according to Bedford police Sgt. Scott Plumer. Any residents who had contact with the fox are encouraged to contact their doctor and to contact their veterinarian if their pet had contact with the fox, Plumer said. Police were first called to 32 Back River Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after the fox attacked a 5-year-old boy, biting him on the left leg as he left his house. The boy’s mother was also bitten when she pried the animal off the little boy, police said. Bedford and state Fish and Game officers tried to track the fox and had to notify schools in the area. Later, the fox ran inside a day care center on Back River Road and bit a young girl, Fish and Game conservation officer Geoff Pushee said. Bedford police Sgt. Gary Norton said someone opened a door at the New Morning School at 23 Back River Road and the fox was right outside around 2 p.m. It bit a girl, who is about 4 years old but didn’t go into the building farther than the doorway. All three bite victims had scrapes and puncture wounds, but no life-threatening injuries, Norton said. Officers were able to use an electronic call that mimics a rabbit in distress to lure the fox to an area near Back River Road where it was shot, Pushee said.

Pennsylvania 06/03/11 altoonamirror.com: A bat found in an Altoona residence on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies, the state Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The bat flew into the Chestnut Avenue residence after it was initially found between the outside door and screen door. The department said the owner managed to get the bat out of the house, but the next morning found a dead bat on the front steps. No one in the home or any domestic animals had contact with the bat, Region 5 Domestic Animal Inspector Dawn M. Dilling said. But the threat was there, and this is a good example of why domestic animals that remain indoors should be vaccinated against rabies, Region 5 Supervisor of Dog Law Enforcement Harold Walstrom said Thursday. In addition to the Blair County case, department investigators have recently learned of positive rabies test results for a raccoon in Huntingdon County and another in Centre County. In Huntingdon County, a positive test came back Wednesday from a raccoon killed May 25 in the yard of a Cromwell Township residence, after the raccoon began chasing an individual. In Centre County, a raccoon tested positive for rabies on May 25. It was found May 19 in a yard by a homeowner who thought the raccoon was dead and put it in a plastic bag. When the raccoon began to make noise, the homeowner contacted a local wildlife rehabilitator. After the raccoon died, it was submitted for rabies testing.

Texas 06/03/11 dentonrc.com: by Donna Fielder – Authorities are warning residents in west Denton to watch their animals because of a confirmed case of rabies in a cat that bit a woman in the Ranch Estates neighborhood.  Officer Ryan Grelle said Thursday that an elderly resident feeds several cats in that area. Sometime within the past few days, one of the cats bit the elderly woman’s caretaker, he said. The cat was taken to a veterinarian and tested. On Wednesday, Denton Animal Services employees were notified that the test results were positive for rabies.  “The cat was put down and the caretaker is under medical care,” Grelle said. “We have put out traps, and any cat captured will be tested. The woman has promised to cooperate and turn over any cats that she feeds for testing as well.”

Virginia 06/04/11 washintonpost.com: Fairfax County police said a rabid cat bit an 11-year-old girl and a man, 25. The incident occurred about 7:45 a.m. Friday near the 4200 block of Lees Corner Road in the Chantilly area, police said. It was unclear how the two came into contact with the stray cat, but Brookfield Elementary School is in that block, and a stop for the county bus system is nearby. A neighborhood resident said stray cats had been seen in the past in a drainpipe. After the incident on Friday, county animal control officers captured the cat, which was euthanized and tested positive for rabies, authorities said. The cat was described as a black-striped brown tabby with yellow eyes. Authorities said its behavior was strange. Anyone who had contact with the cat in the past three weeks was asked to call animal control at 703-691-2131.

Wisconsin 06/03/11 wsau.com: The Marathon County health department is looking for a dog that bit a young man in the town of Bevent on Tuesday. “Chunk” is a Welsh corgi with short legs and mixed colors. It is not current on its rabies vaccinations. The dog bite happened on Pinery Road and Shawnee Drive. Authorities need to find the dog so they can take it to the Marathon County humane society. If you have information, you should call the health department at 715-261-1908 or the sheriff’s department at 715-849-7785. Finding the dog could prevent the victim from getting some painful rabies shots.

Bobcat with Rabies attacks man in Florida; Beaver believed to have Rabies attacks three people in Pennsylvania; Feral Cats in metro Detroit, Michigan, thought to number 657,000; a Coyote report from California; a public meeting being held in Minnesota to discuss Gray Wolf de-listing; and Rabies reports from South Carolina, and Virginia.

Bobcat. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Florida 05/31/11 ecbpublishing.com: by Fran Hunt – The Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) issued a Rabies Alert in Jefferson County last week, which will remain in effect for the next 60 days, after a local man was attacked. The JCHD Environmental Health was notified of a possible rabid bobcat in the Lloyd area.  On the evening of May 18 the victim reported an attack by a bobcat.  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County Animal Control acquired the bobcat for testing. On May 20, the bobcat tested (FRA) positive (rabies) with (MAb) still pending. The victim began PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) treatment after presenting to the Emergency Department. JCHD Administrator Kim Barnhill, has issued a rabies alert for Jefferson County. (For complete article go to http://ecbpublishing.com/?p=590  .)

Pennsylvania 06/02/11 myfoxphilly.com: Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say a rabid beaver was killed in Philadelphia on Thursday near the Roosevelt Boulevard, and the public should be alert to other rabid rodents. It is the second incident of a rabid beaver in the Philadelphia since April. The beaver attacked a couple and a small child in separate incidents, and a Fairmount Park ranger captured the beaver about 500 yards from where it bit the child. Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Jerry Czech said the beaver attacked three individuals over the past two days, June 1 and 2, in the Pennypack Creek area between Bustleton Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. The beaver was killed and taken to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Chester County, to be tested for rabies.

Michigan 06/01/11 freep.com: by Megha Satyanarayana – On a nondescript block in east Ferndale slammed with foreclosures and vacancies, a new breed of squatters is slowly taking over. A colony of dozens of homeless cats are living, breeding and dying among the houses on this street. At one house, the smell of urine fills the air along the foundation. By one estimate, there are about 657,000 feral cats in metro Detroit — that’s 16 cats for every seat at Comerica Park. The cat population strains animal control and animal welfare groups, which say they have limited money and space. Free-roaming cats often harbor illnesses that spread between cats and sometimes, to humans, said Dr. Steve Halstead, state veterinarian. Just one example: Pregnant women are advised against cleaning litter boxes for fear of the parasite that causes fetus- endangering toxoplasmosis; gardening in cat-trafficked yards carries a similar risk. Southfield has agreed to be the pilot community for a $100,000 county program to catch, sterilize and release feral cats and a Warren animal welfare group is teaching people how to literally herd cats. “You can’t just adopt your way out of the situation,” said Amber Sitko, president of All About Animals Rescue in Warren. More animal welfare groups are promoting trap-neuter-release programs as a surefire way to decrease the population of feral or free-roaming cats in the Detroit area, but wildlife groups say the programs don’t alleviate all of the problems. By one calculation cited by the Petsmart Charities, there are approximately 657,000 homeless cats in the area. The Humane Society of the United States estimates the nation’s free-roaming cat population at 50 million, while another study published by Best Friends Animal Society estimates 87 million feral cats nationwide — 22 cats for every square mile of land and water in the U.S. (For complete article go to http://www.freep.com/article/20110601/NEWS05/106010376/Feral-cat-population-metro-Detroit-overwhelms-animal-welfare-groups-residents .)

California 06/02/11 msn.com: by Claire Webb – Animal services is trying to trap an aggressive coyote that is believed to have killed a small dog and injured a woman last week in the Laguna Woods Village retirement community. Four box traps have been set out in areas with heavy brush to catch a coyote that has killed one dog and at least five cats in the area in the last week, said Joy Falk, senior animal services officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department’s Animal Services, which serves Laguna Woods. Falk said cat food is placed inside the box trap and when an animal steps on a pressure-sensitive pedal, the trap door closes. Falk would not say where the traps have been placed to avoid people tampering with them. Traps have been set out after an elderly woman was walking her small, mixed-breed dog on a leash around 10 a.m. on Saturday on Avenida Majorca and a coyote began attacking the dog, Falk said. Falk said the woman tried to wrestle the dog away and was bitten in the scuffle — it was unclear if the bite was from the coyote or the dog. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian and later died. The woman had to undergo a series of shots for rabies treatment and is in stable condition, Falk said. (For complete article go to http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43258339/ns/local_news-orange_county_ca/

Minnesota 06/02/11 wisbusiness.com:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public information meeting about its recent proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The meeting will take place on June 14, 2011, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Davies Theater in Davies Hall at Itasca Community College, 1851 East Highway 169, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Members of the public will have the opportunity to view a presentation, receive information and ask questions about the Service’s proposal.(For complete article go to http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=238214  )

South Carolina 06/02/11 thesunnews.com: by Steve Jones – An Horry County man is undergoing treatment after being bitten and scratched by a stray cat that tested positive for rabies, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The man was attacked by the animal in the Colonial Charters subdivision in Longs, the release said. The animal was the second confirmed positive for rabies in Horry County this year. In 2010, seven rabid animals were confirmed in Horry County. There were 106 confirmed cases of rabid animals statewide in 2010. So far this year, there have been 38 confirmed cases, the release said.

Virginia 06/02/11 richlands-news-press.com: The Mount Rogers Health District is issuing a second rabies alert following three additional positive rabies cases in Carroll County within the last two weeks of May, bringing the total this year to five.  On May 23, a fox found dead in the north end of the town of Hillsville was determined to be positive for rabies.  On May 24, the health department was notified of a dog fighting with a raccoon in the Cana area which was also positive.  On May 31, the health department received two additional reports concerning a fox and a raccoon, both of which were determined to be positive for rabies.  The fox was found in the same area in Hillsville as the fox found on May 23.  In all instances, domestic dogs and/or cats were exposed to these rabid animals. If anyone has questions about rabies protection or possible exposures they may contact the Carroll County Health department at (276) 730-3180. For more information on rabies, log onto the Virginia Department of Health’s Rabies Control and Prevention Web site at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epi/rabiesf.htm.

Beaver tests positive for Rabies in Pennsylvania. Some say Black Panther is after cattle and pets in Oklahoma. Maine study demonstrates Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis pathogens are more widespread in the state. A pack of Dogs attacks a walker in Arizona. Coyote reports from Arizona, & Connecticut. Rabies reports from Nebraska, North Carolina, & Virginia. Canada: Coyote reports from Newfoundland & Labrador, & Ontario. Travel Warnings for Sri Lanka.

Beaver. Courtesy National Park Service.

Pennsylvania 04/26/11 dailylocal.com: On April 21, the Chester County Health Department received confirmation that a beaver had tested positive for rabies. The beaver was found April 19 in the White Clay Creek in New Garden. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Laboratories reported the positive test result. Officials urge anyone with possible exposure to rabies to contact their primary care physician or the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6452. Anyone with an injured pet should contact their veterinarian.

Oklahoma 04/26/11 kfor.com: by Joleen Chaney – Some Oklahomans are on the hunt for what they are calling a black panther or mountain lion that has been spotted near several homes. The creature has been reportedly seen near Pocasset in rural Grady County. “It was about half grown, had a tail about 4 feet long and it was solid black,” witness Russell Dahl said. It has become quite the talk of the town after a few recent run-ins with people, including Dahl’s neighbor who had an encounter while on an evening jog. “It liked to scare her to death,” he said. The animal is said to have been roaming the area for decades. Dahl said he questioned the creature’s existence when his son described his sighting, but he quickly became a believer. “I said, ‘You saw a coyote.’ Well, the next day I saw it and it wasn’t no coyote,” he said. Officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Wildlife say they’ve had a definite increase in the number of calls they’ve gotten from people who say they’ve seen big cats after a mountain lion was captured in Tulsa over the weekend. “Sometimes I think they might be seeing a bobcat, maybe even coyotes, once in a while dogs,” Game Warden Ron Comer said. “You can’t always believe what your eyes are telling you.” The latest sightings in this rural little town haven’t only given the locals a bit of a scare, but some say the cats have gone after their cattle and pets. Whatever it is, experts say it could be one of a number of different animals. “I never try to tell anybody that they didn’t see what they thought they saw, but the melanistic gene does not exist in the mountain lion or the pumas or panthers or whatever you want to call the north American big cat,” Comer said. The melanistic gene increases an animal’s dark pigmentation, turning the animal black. Within the past few years, new laws have allowed people to kill mountain lions or big cats if they feel threatened. However, now there is no open season to hunt the animals and it is illegal to do so. As for the cat caught in Tulsa, wildlife officials believe it was a caged pet that somehow escaped from someone who was not licensed to have it.

MaineMay 2011 cdc.gov: A recent study led by Dr. Peter W. Rand, co-director

Dr. Peter W. Rand

of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute Vector-borne Disease Laboratory and published in the May 2011 issue of CDC-EID demonstrates that the risk of contracting Lyme disease has reached northernmost Maine and that anaplasmosis (also known as human granulocytic anaplasmosis ) is now being transmitted to dogs throughout the lower half of the state. The study expands on nationwide data documenting B. burgdoferi and A. Phagocytophilium, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, respectively, in the southern half of the state.  In southern coastal Maine, overabundant white-tail deer, appropriate habitat, and maritime climate all contribute to high densities of deer ticksand consequent transmission; thus,

Deer tick

the remarkably high level of A. phagocytophilium seroreactivity observed in the southern coastal towns of Cape Elizabeth and York calls for further work to understand the dynamics of the intense local emergency of this pathogen. The higher level of unexplained lameness in A. phagocytophilium-positive dogs than in B. burgdoferi-positive dogs is consistent with findings by Beall et al, of Minnesota. (For complete article published in CDC-Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vo. 17, No. 5-May 2011 go to http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/17/5/899.htm?source=govdelivery )

Arizona 04/26/11 yumasun.com: by Richard Romero – Yuma residents are being warned about a pack of dogs that may still be at large after attacking someone Sunday. According to Animal Control, five dogs approached a man walking along Avenue B between County 15th and County 16th on Sunday. Two dogs bit him several times on the leg, and he was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center. The two attacking dogs were described as a small, white terrier mix and a large, brown shepherd mix. Animal Control Sgt. Aaron Acton said it is critical to impound or verify these dogs’ rabies vaccination status, not only to protect the public but also to determine whether the bite victim needs to undergo treatment for possible rabies exposure. Acton also warned the public about the dangers of stray dog packs. “Packs of stray dogs pose a much greater risk of an attack than a lone stray. Keep as far away from the pack as possible and report them immediately.” Any information on the whereabouts of the dogs can be reported to Animal Control at 782-1621, Ext. 106.

Arizona 04/26/11 myfoxphoenix.com: A coyote attacked a pair of poodles in a north Phoenix backyard, and one of them died. It didn’t happen at a park or on the edge of a mountain — it happened at 29th Ave and Greenway, right off the I-17. Even though the dog’s owner heard of coyote sightings nearby, she never thought the coyote would jump her 5-foot fence and kill her dog. Doni Donovan heard her dog growling and barking early Tuesday morning. She went outside and found the coyote in her fenced backyard.

Connecticut 04/26/11 wiltonvillager.com: by Tom Evans – A coyote that exhibited “aggressive behavior” toward a dog in a snarling encounter in a Buckingham Ridge Road yard has led Wilton police to issue a general warning to residents about protecting their pets, Lt. Donald Wakeman said Tuesday. Wakeman said in this recent case the coyote approached and chased a dog of undetermined breed in a snarling showdown, but the two animals did not make physical contact. “Residents are reminded that coyotes are now common throughout this area of Connecticut,” Wakeman said. If an incident is witnessed, or you believe there is a coyote that may present a danger to you or a pet, contact Wilton Animal Control at (203) 563-0150, or call the state DEP at (860) 424-3333, Wakeman said. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Nebraska 04/27/11 kcautv.com: A rabid skunk in central Nebraska’s Custer County was the ninth case of rabies reported in Nebraska so far in 2011. State records say the skunk may have exposed a dog to the disease, but no humans. Of the nine reported cases so far this year, seven occurred in skunks. The records say 53 rabies cases were reported in Nebraska last year and 90 in 2009.

North Carolina 04/27/11 fayobserver.com: A raccoon with rabies was found on the 800 block of Ashboro Street, off Law Road in Fayetteville. The State Public Health Lab in Raleigh confirmed the animal had rabies on Tuesday, according to a county spokeswoman. For more information, call the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department at 433-3660 or Animal Services at 321-6852.

Virginia 04/27/11 wtkr.com: by Mike Holtzclaw & Austin Bogues – The Hampton Health Department and animal control have been unable to locate a dog they say bit a woman Tuesday morning. The dog, believed to be at least part mastiff, was being walked on Beach Road near Edgewater Road by two women believed to be in their late teens. If the health department is unable to locate the dog, the bite victim might have to undergo rabies shots. According to the health department, the woman was walking on Beach Road around 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday when she saw two young women – one blonde, the other with dark hair – walking the dog on a chain link leash. The woman tried to avoid the dog, but the dog lunged and bit her on the hip.


Newfoundland & Labrador 04/26/11 google.com: There has been a rash of coyote sightings in and around St. John’s, N.L. A professor at Memorial University says there have been 20 sightings, but that doesn’t mean there are 20 coyotes in the area. Dr. Yolanda Wiersma (Weer-smah) says it’s likely the same few animals being spotted by different people. The professor says the coyotes’ main source of food — the snowshoe hare — has experienced a population boom during the past fall and winter, which has helped the coyote population grow.

Ontario 04/26/11 cbc.ca: A coyote attack has claimed another small dog in Whitby, only weeks after another dog died in a similar attack in the same area. In a news release issued Tuesday, Durham Regional Police said coyotes entered a yard near Thickson Road and Burns Street area of Whitby, located east of Toronto, and attacked a small dog described as a Maltese-poodle cross. The dog was loose in an unfenced yard and was attacked by coyotes and killed. The dog’s owner witnessed the attack and was able to retrieve the dog’s carcass from a neighbouring property. The dog’s owner was not hurt. A similar attack occurred only one kilometre away on March 30, when a small dog, a shih-poo named Lilly, was snatched from a front lawn by coyotes while her owners were in the yard. The dog was found dead nearby.

Travel Warnings:

Sri Lanka 04/27/11 thesundayleader.lk: The prevalent rainy weather conditions in Sri Lanka has resulted in the Health Ministry issuing a warning of the high possibility of rat fever (Leptospirosis) and dengue spreading in the country. Reports have revealed that over 60 deaths have occurred due to both, dengue and rat fever. Health Ministry Spokesperson W.M.D. Wanninayake has told the media that the public should be cautious and take the necessary measures as there is a high possibility of the diseases spreading due to the rainy weather conditions. It has also been reported that a total number of 2,785 cases of rat fever and 3,778 cases of dengue have been recorded during the period between January and April.

Pennsylvania still free of Chronic Wasting Disease, but for how long? Wyoming lawmakers one step ahead of Feral Hog threat. USDA to distribute Oral Rabies Vaccine in Massachusetts and Ohio. Minnesota sportsman’s club to offer trapper ed course. Canada: Sportsman’s club tracking Coyote in Newfoundland and Labrador on Google Earth Map.

Elk. Courtesy National Park Service.

Pennsylvania 04/22/11 ammoland.com: While no confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, have been found in Pennsylvania’s wild deer and elk, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials continue to be concerned about not only “when” it arrives here, but also about how fast it could spread once it does reach the Commonwealth. “In the past two years, confirmed cases of CWD have moved from 20 miles away from our southern border to just 10 miles away from the Mason-Dixon Line,” said Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. “It no longer is a discussion about ‘if’ we find CWD within our state, but a matter of “when.’ “With that in mind, we are urging Pennsylvanians who engage in practices like supplemental wildlife feeding, placement of salt and the use of urine-based lures to consider voluntarily discontinuing these activities as they are known to increase the risk of introduction and spread of the disease. We also urge hunters who may hunt in Maryland, West Virginia or any other state that has the disease to become familiar with and observe our CWD Parts Ban, which is outlined in the annual hunting digest and on the agency’s website.” Specifically, Cottrell said that feeding of wildlife, especially deer, along the Maryland/Pennsylvania border from Bedford to York counties should be discontinued or, at least, confined to bird feeding. (For complete article go to http://www.ammoland.com/2011/04/22/pennsylvania-game-commission-offers-advise-as-cwd-creeps-closer-to border/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ammoland+%28ammoland%29 )

Wyoming 04/2/11 billingsgazette.com: by Jeremy Pelzer – When Wyoming lawmakers first passed rules governing feral livestock two years ago, they did so in part out of fear that the state would soon face an oinking, four-legged menace: feral swine. But so far, state livestock officials said, the fear that wild hogs would cross over the state line from Nebraska along the North Platte River hasn’t come to pass. Feral swine have become an increasing problem in the United States during the past couple of decades, especially as domesticated pigs escape or are turned loose into the wild. Prolific breeders, they’ve caused millions of dollars’ worth of crop destruction, attacking farm animals and native wildlife and spreading diseases such as brucellosis and pseudo-rabies. Wild hogs have established populations in 37 states, mainly in the Southeast and Midwest, said Joseph Corn, a University of Georgia veterinary sciences professor who runs the National Feral Swine Mapping System. Wyoming is not one of those states, Corn said. But Nebraska is, and Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan said wild pigs have been reported as close as 20 miles from the Nebraska-Wyoming border. “It’s a huge concern,” Logan said. The chances of a wild-pig invasion from Nebraska are slim these days, thanks to a six-year program by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to squelch the animals through trapping and even shooting them from helicopters, said Sam Wilson, nongame mammal and fur-bearing program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Your state shouldn’t be worried about feral swine, in my opinion,” Wilson said. “At least, not from Nebraska.” Wilson offered kudos to Wyoming for acting preemptively by passing a 2009 law giving state officials the authority to take action against any feral swine in the state. Of course, any population of wild pigs could be culled by individual hunting, as well. But several Wyoming hunters said the environmental costs of a wild-hog population would far outweigh the pleasure of nabbing several hundred pounds’ worth of pork chops and bacon. “Would they be fun to hunt? Yes, I would love to hunt for a hog,” said Casper hunter Daren Bulow. “But would I want them in Wyoming? No.”

Massachusetts & Ohio 04/22/11 usda.gov: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will soon begin distributing oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits on Cape Cod and in the Cleveland metro area to reduce the incidence of raccoon rabies. APHIS’ wildlife services program will begin the baiting work on or about April 25 on Cape Cod, Mass., and in five Ohio counties the first week of May. In cooperation with the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force, 24,000 oral rabies vaccination ORV baits will be distributed by hand and in strategically positioned bait stations where raccoons are likely to travel. Coated sachets baits will be distributed by hand in seven towns from Barnstable to Orleans.

Since 2004, WS has been working to eliminate raccoon rabies from Cape Cod because the virus is a threat to wildlife populations, pets and public health and safety. As a peninsula, Cape Cod is an ideal landscape for testing rabies elimination strategies. Reported raccoon rabies cases dropped from 124 in 2004, to 50 in 2006. In 2010, the number decreased to 9 reported cases, all outside the current ORV zone. In the past two years, no animals from Yarmouth to the east have tested positive for raccoon rabies. The vaccine baiting program has been suspended in towns north and east of Orleans.

Beginning the first week of May, more than 84,000 fishmeal polymer baits will be distributed by hand or air in the Cleveland metro area, including portions of Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga, Portage and Summit counties. WS partners with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in this operation, which includes distribution using helicopters. Ohio represents a key location in preventing the westward spread of rabies. In addition to spring and fall ORV bait distribution, WS has conducted trap-vaccinate-and-release operations for raccoons since 2004.

Sachet & Fishmeal Block ORV

ORV baits are coated with a fishmeal attractant and may be packaged in one-inch square cubes or two-inch plastic sachets. Humans and pets cannot get rabies from contact with the baits, but are asked to leave them undisturbed should they encounter them. [More visual information is available at: www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/4578217863/in/set-72157623983143606 ]. Most sightings of rabid raccoons occur during the spring and summer when people are more likely to come into contact with wildlife. Raccoon rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system in mammals. Symptoms include unusual, aggressive or calm and “friendly” behavior, an inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma and finally death. While rabies is fatal, human exposures can be successfully treated, if treatment is sought immediately following a bite.

Since 1997, WS has been working to establish a rabies-free barrier in the eastern United States where the raccoon variant of rabies is known to exist. In addition to this work in Massachusetts and Ohio, WS has coordinated cooperative rabies control efforts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Baiting in these states is scheduled from August through November. For additional information concerning the raccoon oral rabies vaccine program, please visit www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/rabies.shtml or contact WS toll free at
1-866-4-USDA-WS (1-866-487-3297).

Minnesota 04/22/11 dl-online.com: by Nathan Bowe – Muskrats, raccoon, martens, beaver, skunk — even bobcat and coyote— all these animals,

Muskrat print

and many more are actively trapped for their fur in Minnesota, and Becker County is no exception. Trapping remains popular enough that the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman’s Club has bowed to demand and is offering a trapper education course on July 15. “It’s just like the hunter education program,” says Rick Julian, a director at the Sportsman’s Club. “It’s required

Beaver print

for anybody born after Dec. 31, 1989 — they have to go through what is basically safety training — we teach them how to trap ethically and safely.” The course is free, and is the fourth one offered by the Sportsman’s Club, although it’s been a few years since the last one, Julian said. About 60 kids were trained in the previous courses. (For complete article go to http://www.dl-online.com/event/article/id/60032/ )


Newfoundland & Labrador 04/23/11 by Deana Stokes Sullivan – Justin O’Leary recently returned home to Kilbride after an unsuccessful day of coyotehunting. Before going to bed, he stepped outdoors to smoke a cigarette and was amazed by what he heard, breaking the early morning silence, shortly after 1 a.m. “It was coyotes howling, like across the street,” O’Leary said. It’s now been three to four weeks and the animals seem to be staying around his

Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador

neighbourhood. “They’ve been howling behind the dairy farm, just up the road from me,” O’Leary said. Earlier this week, he watched one come up out of a drainage ditch next to a neighbour’s house. “Actually, I thought it was the neighbour’s dog at first until I watched it move and, from its movements, I noticed it was a coyote,” he said. He figures there are at least two animals in the area, scavenging for food. With a lot of dairy farms around, O’Leary said, the coyotes are likely hunting rodents and may even be going into the barns to steal grain from the cattle. “I think they’re hungry,” he said. One night, O’Leary said, he started returning calls to the coyotes and had them howling for about 10 minutes. “They’re really vocal,” he said. Unlike a dog’s howl, theirs is high-pitched. They seem harmless now, he said, but in larger numbers that might not be the case. He expects a population boom this year because the female coyotes are denning now and will soon have litters of pups. O’Leary is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Waterfowlers hunting website that has a coyote group, where members report sightings. Coyote group administrator Tony Cooney has been recording sightings on a Google Earth map. Small, blue balloons represent each sighting. To the left of the map is a short description of each encounter, with the date and time. (For complete article go to http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-04-23/article-2450389/Coyotes-on-the-prowl/1 )

Alaskan Beavers contaminate Eskimo village water supply with Giardia; Rabies reports from Florida, Maryland, and Texas; and fear of Chronic Wasting Disease prompts Tennessee sportsmen to oppose commercial deer farming. Canada: A Coyote report from Ontario. Travel Warnings for Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela.

Beaver. Courtesy U.S. Geodetic Survey.

Alaska 03/27/11 newsminer.com: by Dan Joling – (Excerpt) Inupiat Eskimo villagers in the Chukchi Sea village of Kivalina rely on wild animals to survive, but a recent arrival associated with climate warming is causing health concerns. Beavers have colonized the Wulik River, Kivalina’s main source for water. Beaver feces carry a microscopic protozoa that can cause giardia, known to campers elsewhere in Alaska as “beaver fever.” Diarrhea and vomiting are symptoms. Kivalina hunters using the Wulik as a corridor to inland caribou herds have been warned to boil water before drinking it. Beavers are among the unwelcome changes associated with climate change, said Michael Brubaker, lead author of reports documenting how two northwest villages have been affected. The appearance of North America’s largest rodent was a signal that a traditional water source had changed. “It’s a new health issue,” Brubaker said. “It affects people’s behavior. It can affect people’s health and it also affect s the cost of running water facilities.” Brubaker is director of community environment and safety for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, a health organization managed by tribal governments and their regional health organizations. (For complete article go to http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/12520450/article-Warming-brings-unwelcome-change-to-Alaska-villages?instance=home_lead_story )

Florida 03/26/11 naplesnews.com: A bat found in Isles of Capri in Collier County recently tested positive for rabies, a potentially fatal disease of the nervous system. Although no humans were exposed in this case, county health officials want residents to know that rabies, which is transmitted through bites or scratches, is present in the wild animal population.

Maryland 03/26/11 times-news.com: Oakland – A raccoon that was involved in an incident with a dog in the Shady Dell Road area tested positive for rabies and is the first confirmed case in the county this year, according to Environmental Health Services of the Garrett County Health Department. The incident occurred Tuesday and the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Rabies laboratory in Baltimore confirmed the positive result for rabies Wednesday.  The health department will hold its first round of low-cost rabies clinics throughout the county in May. Questions regarding rabies can be directed to 301-334-7760 or 301-895-3111.

Tennessee 03/28/11 wkrn.com: A legislative bill that would allow commercial deer farming in Tennessee is scheduled for discussion by a House subcommittee on Tuesday. A state wildlife conservation group opposes it, saying it could spread chronic wasting disease. The bill would require state agriculture officials to license breeding operations to raise white-tail deer, primarily for hunting on private ranches, reports The Commercial Appeal. CEO Mike Butler of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation says the spread of disease isn’t the only problem with the proposal, contending that shooting farm-raised deer isn’t sporting. Knoxville Republican Frank Nicely sponsored the bill and the newspaper says he didn’t return its call. A call offering Nicely an opportunity for comment was left at his office on Monday by The Associated Press.   

Texas 03/26/11 boernestar.com: This year’s first case of rabies was confirmed this week when remains of a cat killed by a property owner in the Marquardt Road area near Comfort tested positive for the viral infection. Kendall County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Matt King said the homeowner was working in his goat pens March 23 when the cat attacked him and his dog. The homeowner is being treated by his family physician and the dog was given a booster for its current rabies vaccination. The cat’s remains were tested at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.  Report any suspicions or concerns about an animal to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office at 830-249-9721 or the Kendall County Animal Shelter at 830-537-3430.


Ontario 03/27/11torontosun.com: by Ian Robertson – Coyotes — like the one seen Sunday in the Beach area — are pleasing animal lovers and spreading fear among pet-owners. One living in the Neville Park Ave. ravine recently brought howls of protest from an owner who scared it into dropping her dog, residents said. The poodle-mix is back roaming its yard with a stitched-up neck, but is watched more carefully by his owner, who does not want to be named.

Residents have called the coyote Neville for years, but others roam Toronto parks and wooded ravines. “I like the coyote because it kills squirrels, which are vermin,” Neville Park resident Richard Milne said. “I saw a coyote in my back yard … it’s a pretty animal.” This is mating season and the grey-and-sandy-hued cousin of the Gray Wolf become bolder, hunting food for pregnant mates.

A coyote in 2009 ate a chihuahua in the Beach area, a Maltese pup was snatched in Pickering last February, and police killed a coyote in Whitby one month later. Some residents demand the city trap coyotes, but wily Neville evaded capture last year. Others like having the animals in their neighbourhood. If removed, others would take their place in “naturalized areas,” Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said. “I certainly sympathize with anyone who has lost a pet, but it would be impossible to trap and get rid of all the coyotes in the city,” he said. “If we want natural areas, it’s going to attract wildlife.” While walking her dogs along Queen St., Sonia Funk said “I’d be more worried about cars than coyotes.”

Watching one sunning in her ravine rock garden Sunday, Elizabeth Berry said: “They’re so beautiful, you want to reach out and pet them, but …” Berry said she appreciated receiving a city pamphlet last month, with tips to avoid coyotes, but does not want to scare Neville away. “Some people are concerned about them attacking their children and small pets,” she said. But Berry, an artist who has painted Neville several times, said she knows neighbours “who put left-overs out.” Experts say coyotes rarely approach people but are attracted to readily-available food.

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Brazil 03/28/11 brazzilmag.com: by Carolina Pimentel – At the moment, a new type of dengue has returned to Brazil – type 4. Health officials are concerned as type 4 dengue has not been seen in Brazil for almost three decades. Celso Granato of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) explains that type 4 is not more dangerous, infectious or fatal than other types, but as it has not circulated for so long, people are not immune to it. As a result, people who have had other types that have been in circulation recently face the possibility of more serious consequences if they get type 4. “Some people can get dengue for a second or even a third time, after having type 1 or 3 (which are more common in Brazil). Unfortunately, they will be more susceptible to type 4,” says Granato.

An infectious disease expert, Edmilson Migowski, at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), says that because the type 4 has been absent from Brazil for so long it could easily become an epidemic. “If nothing is done to increase mosquito control, we could have a drastic situation in the summer of 2012. A dengue type 4 epidemic will not spare anyone,” declared Migowski. Data from the Ministry of Health shows that around 80% of all dengue cases in Brazil are type 1. So far, according to a ministry survey, dengue type 4 has been found in a little over 5% of cases in three states: Roraima, Amazonas and Pará (all three states are in the northern part of the country, in the Amazon region). Cases have also been reported in Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Piauí. Brazil’s Ministry of Health has recognized that dengue type 4 poses a threat and has requested that state authorities increase mosquito control and expand urban clean up operations. The ministry has also made notification of dengue type 4 cases mandatory.

Brazil 03/28/11 vietnamnet.vn: According to the city’s Health Secretariat, in less than three months, the number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Rio reached 10,158, exceeding the figures registered in the entire years of 2009 (2,723) and 2010 (3,120). In Rio de Janeiro state, the number of confirmed dengue fever cases reached 20,150, and the death toll rose to 18. This week, the first two cases of type-4 dengue fever in Rio de Janeiro state were confirmed in the city of Niteroi. The type-4 dengue fever is not more dangerous than the other types, but as the disease had not been registered in the region before, the local population has no immunity to it. As there are four different types of dengue fever, a person can develop the disease several times. The last epidemic of dengue fever in Rio de Janeiro state occurred in 2008 when 174 people died of the disease and some 250,000 cases of dengue were registered

Paraguay 03/26/11 mercopress.com: “We have 18 dengue deaths confirmed in Paraguay and 2.500 infected of which 1.300 are hospitalized” said Ivan Allende head of the Sanitary Vigilance Department in Asuncion. He also called on the population to immediately report to a clinic or hospital on suspicion of having contracted the disease, which again reappeared with extreme force in late December with the rainy season. “In previous years we never had so many people hospitalized” added Allende who indicated that only zero temperatures can help eliminate the mosquito larvae. “Until then we must insist people must collaborate watching out for stagnant water in bottles, old tyres, and flower pots and obviously in toilets and sewage”.

In Bolivia the death toll has climbed to 20 and the number of infected totals 1.670. Furthermore areas in the east of the country, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, bordering with Brazil and Paraguay have been declared under “sanitary emergency”. “We’ve registered a peak in the epidemics this year compared to 2010, which was quite mild compared to the record year of 2009 with 22 dengue deaths and 50.000 infections with the disease”, said Bolivian Health minister Nilda Heredia. However she also pointed out that local health officials have been successful in containing the spread of the disease in the province of Beni bordering with Brazilian Amazon. The operation took place last December. Nevertheless there is concern “since we believe a new strain of the disease has entered Bolivia from Brazil. This strain is different to the one from the two previous years and is more aggressive”, said Ms Heredia. Dengue transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito causes high fever, head aches, faintings, vomiting, skin eruptions and the haemorrhagic version is deadly.

Meantime from Venezuela the latest Epidemiologic report from the Ministry of Health shows that 124.931 cases of dengue were reported last year which is almost double the 65.869 from 2009. In 2010 haemorrhagic dengue was detected in 10.279 cases. The report also admits that the disease has spread to the country’s 24 provinces, although in 22 the tendency is to decrease. The areas with the greatest numbers are the most populated including metropolitan Caracas, Merida and the states of Miranda and Zulia, concludes the report.