Tag Archives: Deer Mouse

BEAVERS in COLORADO spreading TULAREMIA ~ FLORIDIAN attacked by BLACK BEAR while walking DOG ~ Third NEW MEXICAN this year to die of HANTAVIRUS ~ CANADA: BIRD FLU in BRITISH COLUMBIA “highly pathogenic” ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) cases exceed 2,000 again this year ~ RABIES report from NORTH CAROLINA.

Beaver. Courtesy National Park Service.

Beaver. Courtesy National Park Service.

Colorado 12/03/14 summitdaily.com: Fifteen human cases of tularemia have reported so far this year, which is three times the annual average for the state. Tularemia-related small-mammal die-offs have been reported in at least 27 Colorado counties. Beavers found south of Breckenridge have tested positive for the bacteria, which can cause a potentially life-threatening disease. Of the 15 human cases reported this year, 11 patients have been hospitalized. – See http://www.summitdaily.com/news/14085888-113/tularemia-summit-bacteria-county


blackbearjpgFlorida 12/04/14 wtsp.com: A Lake Mary resident who was walking her dog on Wednesday night was attacked by a black bear and bitten on the upper arm. Fortunately, the bear then abruptly left the area. According to officials, the dog spotted the bear and tried to chase it tugging at its leash and causing the woman to fall to the ground. The bear then attacked and ran off. Lake Mary, a suburb of Orlando, is in Seminole County. Last April another Lake Mary resident was mauled by a bear. Three people in the area were later charged for feeding bears. – See http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2014/12/04/fl-woman-bitten-by-bear-while-walking-dog/19914509/

Follow-Up Report: 12/06/14 therepublic.com: Officials have captured and killed the bear suspected to be the one that bit a woman walking her dog in Lake Mary last week. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/460e5dfb2dd145ab99db2c11ab5d51f2/FL–Bear-Attack


Deer mouse. NPS.

Deer mouse. NPS.

New Mexico 12/05/14 krqe.com: Health officials say a 28-year-old McKinley County man is the third person in the state to die from Hantavirus this year. The Department of Health says there have been a total of six Hantavirus cases in the state this year. Those include a 49-year-old Otero County man who remains hospitalized but whose condition is improving. Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. The deer mouse is the main carrier of the strain found in New Mexico, and the department says it’s important to seal homes and other structures during cold weather because mice may try to enter buildings for food or shelter. The other fatal New Mexico cases involved a 67-year-old San Juan County woman and a 59-year-old McKinley County man. – See http://krqe.com/2014/12/05/nm-records-3rd-hantavirus-death-in-2014/



Turkeys-18British Columbia 12/05/14 foxnews.com: The bird flu virus that has killed thousands of birds on two Canadian farms in British Columbia is the “highly pathogenic” H5N2 strain, Canada’s chief veterinary officer Harpreet Kochhar said on Thursday. The strain was last detected in Canada in the province of Manitoba in 2010, but that virus was considered less contagious and deadly, he said. Canada said on Tuesday that tests had found avian influenza on two British Columbia farms that raise turkeys and broiler chickens. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on Thursday that two additional farms located between the original two had tested positive for bird flu. Kochhar said he was not aware of other farms with unusual levels of bird deaths, but said it was too early to say the disease was now contained.

Florida_chicken_houseAvian influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most bird flu viruses do not infect humans or pose a food safety risk when poultry products are properly handled and cooked. The fact that the British Columbia strain is highly pathogenic does not necessarily mean it poses more risk to humans than previous viruses found in Canada, said John Spika of the Public Health Agency of Canada. South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan have all imposed varying bans on Canadian poultry products. – See http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/05/canada-bird-flu-virus-identified-as-highly-pathogenic-strain/


aaCDC-LogoNational 12/04/14 outbreaknewstoday.com: by Robert Herriman – The number of human West Nile virus (WNV) infections have exceeded 2,000 in 2014, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This makes it the third year in a row that the United States has seen 2,000 cases or more. As of December 2, overall, 2,002 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,196 (60%) were classified as neuro-invasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 806 (40%) were classified as non-neuro-invasive disease. Of this total there has been 76 fatalities, or almost 4 percent. California continues to top all states with 750 cases according to the CDC (California DPH reports 769) accounting for approximately 38 percent of all cases nationally. In 2013, 2,469 cases were reported with 119 deaths, while in 2012, 5,674 cases were reported with 286 deaths. – For complete article with history of WNV see http://outbreaknewstoday.com/west-nile-virus-cases-top-2000-in-the-us-for-3rd-year-in-a-row-73686/


Rabies.syringeNorth Carolina 12/02/14 Catawba County: A dog that bit a veterinarian when it was brought in for treatment at an Emergency Vet Clinic in Hickory on Nov. 26th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/dog-tests-positive-rabies-after-biting-vet-tech-hi/njKP8/

Invasive MOSQUITO threatens southern CALIFORNIA with exotic viruses ~ CALIFORNIA county issues HANTAVIRUS ALERT ~ NEW HAMPSHIRE reports third HUMAN CASE of EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) and second EEE fatality ~ GEORGIAN scratched by RABID STRAY CAT.

Aedes Aegypti or Yellow Fever Mosquito. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Aedes Aegypti or Yellow Fever Mosquito. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

California 10/16/14 capitalpress.com: Officials have confirmed that the black-and-white striped Aedes aegypti or yellow fever mosquito was found last week in Commerce and Pico Rivera east of Los Angeles. Last year the species was found in other parts of the state including the Central Coast and Central Valley. The mosquito is aggressive, is active during daylight hours, and is capable of transmitting the yellow, dengue and chikungunya fever viruses, though none of these diseases have been reported in Los Angeles County. – See http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20141016/yellow-fever-mosquito-reaches-southern-california


Deer mouse

Deer mouse

California 10/17/14 San Diego County News Center: Media Release – A North American deer mouse trapped in routine monitoring in a rural part of Fallbrook has tested positive for hantavirus, and County officials are reminding people to be careful if they ever have to clean up mice or rodent nests. The mouse was the seventh rodent caught this year in the county to test positive for hantavirus, a disease that can be fatal. People have very little chance of being exposed to hantavirus, despite the fact that it is common in San Diego County, as long as wild rodents stay in the wild and don’t get inside homes, garages, sheds and cabins. However, people can be exposed if they sweep or vacuum places where infected rodents have nested. That’s because hantavirus can be inhaled if people disturb areas where dust from infected rodents, dried saliva, urine or feces can be “kicked up” into the air. “The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure,” said County Department of Environmental Health Director Elizabeth Pozzebon. “But if you have to clean an area where rodents have been don’t sweep or vacuum. Use wet-cleaning methods.” – For complete article and precautions see http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/deer-mouse-fallbrook-tests-positive-hantavirus


eee-threat-249x187New Hampshire 10/15/14 NH Dept of Health: Media Release – Officials confirm the third human case of EEE in an adult resident of Manchester in Hillsborough County. The individual died in mid-September and is the second EEE-related fatality in the state so far this year. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2014/10-oct/10152014eeecase.htm


KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAGeorgia 10/17/14 Madison County: A stray cat that scratched the owner of property located in the 80 block of Gatewood Drive in Colbert on Oct. 4th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/7241-Colbert-woman-scratched-by-rabid-cat.html

Good Samaritan in FLORIDA helps with injured FOX and may have exposed self to RABIES ~ ARIZONAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ GEORGIA confirms HORSE has EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, TN, & TX ~ RABIES reports from AL, FLx2, GAx2, MA, NH, NCx4, SC, WA, & WV ~ New CDC Travelers’ Health Website.

Gray fox. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gray fox. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Florida 05/24/13 Alachua County: Health officials are searching for a man who assisted in caring for an injured fox at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the entrance of the Buckingham East Subdivision (at the intersection of NW 84th Street and West Newberry Road, Gainesville). The man is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 195 pounds, and about 50 years old.  At the time of the incident, he was riding a mountain bike, and may have been wearing a tank top, shorts, fanny pack, baseball cap and had on headphones. “This individual assisted a female citizen in wrapping an injured fox in a towel for the purposes of transporting the fox to veterinary care.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the ACHD.  “The fox has tested positive for rabies and it is critical that this man be assessed for rabies exposure.” Anyone having information on the identity of this man is asked to call the Health Department at 352-260-7329.  Additionally, if other individuals in this area have come into contact with a fox or other wildlife, please contact the Health Department at 352-260-7329.


Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Arizona 05/22/13 Graham County: Health officials have confirmed that a 39-year-old county man has died of complications from hantavirus. This is the first reported case of the virus statewide in 2013. Hantavirus is carried in the urine and droppings of rodents, especially the deer mouse, and can be inhaled when areas where rodents have been living are disturbed. Arizona has reported 34 cases of the virus since 2001 and of those 38% were fatal. – See original article at http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/22401439/2013/05/22/graham-county-man-dies-from-hantavirus

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Brooks-County-GAGeorgia 05/22/13 Brooks County: State health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the county has been diagnosed with the first case of EEE in southern Georgia this year. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Horse-Tests-Positive-for-EEE-in-Brooks-County–208490881.html?ref=881#.UZ1mvJymVFs

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Joaquin Cty CACalifornia 05/24/12 San Joaquin County: Mosquitoes found in ZIP codes 95337 (a chunk of Manteca extending south to Caswell Memorial State Park) and 95336 (Ripon) have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.modbee.com/2013/05/24/2731619/west-nile-virus-season-starts.html

DavidsonTNTennessee 05/24/13 Davidson County: Mosquitoes collected in Bellevue near the intersection of Old Harding Pike and Harpeth Parkway have tested positive for WNV. No human cases have been reported. – See http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22419130/mosquitoes-test-positive-for-west-nile-in-bellevue

Anderson_County_TXTexas 05/24/13 dshs.state.tx: News ReleaseWest Nile illness was confirmed in an adult male from Anderson County. The patient is recovering from the neuroinvasive form of the disease. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patient’s identity. This is the state’s first confirmed human case of WNV reported this year. Last year, Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile illness, including 89 deaths.


2625980-child-and-catAlabama 05/21/13 Jefferson, St. Clair, & Shelby counties: A feral cat found in the vicinity of Beech Street in Leeds on May 9th has tested positive for rabies. The cat was reported to be acting strangely. – See http://www.thestclairtimes.com/view/full_story/22660918/article-Local-vets-warning-area-about-rabies?instance=home_right_bot

Florida 05/22/13 Lake County: A Rabies Alert issued after a raccoon tested positive for rabies has forced Animal Services personnel to temporarily 1426663suspend usage of night-drop kennels for residents giving up their pets. – See http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-rabies-alert-night-drop-kennels-20130521,0,1785514.story

Florida 05/21/13 Martin County: A raccoon that bit a man on May 16th in the vicinity of the 18000 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Jupiter has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/may/21/man-bitten-rabid-raccoon-martin-county/

rabiesAlert521d4-1Georgia 05/22/13 Houston County: A stray dog that bit a person in the face in the Shamrock Circle neighborhood off Dunbar Road in a northern section of the county has tested positive for rabies. The dog is described as a brown-and-white female pit bull mix. The incident occurred on May 16 and the dog has been euthanized. Anyone who might have been exposed to this animal should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.macon.com/2013/05/22/2488855/stray-dog-tests-positive-for-rabies.html

Rabid FoxGeorgia 05/22/13 Newton County: A fox that bit two second-grade students on a playground at Rocky Plains Elementary School in Covington has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.examiner.com/article/students-bitten-by-fox-on-playground-at-ga-school-now-face-rabies-treatment

raccoon_lgMassachusetts 05/23/13 Middlesex County: A raccoon captured last week in Wayland has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wayland/2013/05/rabies_case_confirmed_in_wayla.html

cat-child-300x225New Hampshire 05/22/13 Hillsborough County: A feral cat that attacked three people in the vicinity of Church Street and Brown Avenue in the city of Hillsborough has tested positive for rabies. The cat was described as black-and-white with medium hair. Anyone exposed to a stray cat of this description is urged to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2013/05/22/cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-hillsborough/3vWLXPhfycy02dE90YDadJ/story.html

fox21546North Carolina 05/24/13 Buncombe County: A fox captured near the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130524/NEWS/130524013/Rabid-fox-found-near-Biltmore-Square-Mall?nclick_check=1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANorth Carolina 05/22/13 Guilford County: A raccoon found on South Road in High Point has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.hpe.com/news/x1592162097/Local-rabies-case-reported

4541357140foxNorth Carolina 05/21/13 Guilford County: A fox that was in contact with a person on Olmstead Drive off Springwood Church Road near Springwood Park in Burlington has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/rabid-fox-found-near-alamance-guilford-line-1.146888

North Carolina 05/21/13 Wake and Chatham counties: Cary town officials have warned residents to be on the lookout for a fox that came in contact with a person last week near Northwest Maynard Road and Carousel Lane. It is feared the fox has rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/cary-warns-of-potentially-rabid-fox/12469974/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASouth Carolina 05/23/13 Horry County: A fox that bit a man who lives in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2013/05/23/3501799/horry-county-man-exposed-to-rabies.html

batPosterWashington 05/23/13 Grant County: The children of a Moses Lake family are receiving treatment for potential exposure to rabies after they were found playing with several dead bats, which were too damaged to be tested for the virus. – See http://www.khq.com/story/22409023/moses-lake-children-receive-rabies-treatement

Horse%20TeethWest Virginia 05/24/13 Preston County: A horse stabled in Terra Alta has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wboy.com/story/22419562/preston-county-confirmed-case-of-rabies

CDC Travelers’ Health:

cdc_logoGlobal 05/22/13 cdc.gov: CDC Bulletin – The CDC has redesigned their Travelers’ Health website after rigorous user testing to guide several improvements to make the site easier to use, more informative, and more helpful as you plan for your trip abroad. New features include:

  • An easy-to-read list of vaccines and medicines you may need before your trip.
  • Tips for how to stay healthy and safe while traveling.
  • A healthy travel packing list.
  • Travel notices for your destination.
  • Information about what to do if you get sick after your trip.

They’ve also designed the pages with both you and your health care provider in mind. The Traveler’s View has all the information you need to have a healthy trip, with ways to print the entire page or just the parts you want. And the Clinician’s View provides your doctor with the information he or she needs to advise you during a pre-travel consultation. It also includes a Disease Directory, and information about new Disease Travel Notice Levels. – See http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/new-cdc-travelers-health-website

ALASKAN infected with TRICHINOSIS after eating BLACK BEAR meat ~ CANADA: MANITOBAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from ID, & MO ~ COYOTE report from ILLINOIS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, FL, & TX.

Black bear. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Alaska 10/25/12 adn.com: by Michelle Theriault Boots – The black bear meat tasted delicious. Sean Sullivan didn’t know it would give him trichinosis. “Like the best steak you’ve ever had,” said the 32-year-old oil platform worker from Nikiski. It was early summer and Sullivan was at his remote cabin east of McGrath. There were a lot of black bears in the area, he said. One day Sullivan was heading back to the cabin to sharpen a chain saw when he saw a bear trying to break in. “I noticed a big black fuzzy thing halfway through the door,” he said. Sullivan pulled out a pistol and shot the six-foot tall bear. (He says he reported the killing to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.) Later he and a friend skinned the animal and stored the meat in freezer bags in the river to keep it cold. For dinner he cooked some of the meat in a skillet with butter, pepper and garlic salt. He ate the bear with peas and rice, sitting on the porch of a cabin with a view of the nearby Trimokish Hills.

Bear steak.

Looking back, Sullivan says the meat seemed to be cooked to “something a little more than medium rare.” “It obviously wasn’t enough,” he said. That became clear six weeks later, when he started noticing uncharacteristic soreness in his legs and back. Next came an upset stomach, flu-like symptoms and a high fever. He became sensitive to sound. His eyes hurt. Then his wife found him in the bathtub in the middle of the night in the midst of a fever hallucination about snowmachine repair. “I kept saying, ‘I’m trying to figure this out, I almost got it figured out,'” he says. His wife had already figured out that it was time for Sullivan to get to a hospital.

At first, doctors thought he might have meningitis. But then they started down a “strange line of questioning,” he remembers: Had he gone hunting recently? Had he shot any bears? Had he eaten them? A diagnosis soon followed: Trichinosis. It’s caused by eating raw or undercooked meat infected with the larvae of a worm called Trichinella, which reproduces and eventually travels through arteries to become cysts in muscle tissue. The disease, most associated with pork, can cause a litany of symptoms from aching joints to swelling of the face and eyes and in serious cases can be fatal. Worldwide, about 10,000 cases of trichinosis are recorded each year. In the United States, the number has dropped from 400 per year on average in the 1940s to 20 or fewer today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That drop can be attributed to better sanitary practices in the pork industry and improved public awareness of the risks of eating raw or undercooked meat, the CDC says. – For complete article see http://www.adn.com/2012/10/25/2672252/dinner-of-black-bear-leads-to.html



Deer mouse. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Manitoba 10/26/12 winnipegsun.com: by Joyanne Pursaga – A Manitoban has died from complications of hantavirus infection for the first time in 12 years. The province says the middle-aged Winnipeg man was otherwise healthy when he passed away last week. His is the first such death in Manitoba since 2000. The virus is found in the urine, feces and saliva of infected deer mice. Manitoba Health is warning people about the rare but highly fatal air-borne hantavirus. – For complete article see http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/10/26/winnipeg-man-dies-of-hantavirus

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Idaho 10/26/12 Ada County: Wildlife officials plan to set mountain lion traps on Saturday along the Boise River between the Glenwood Bridge and Eagle Road. More than 10 mountain lion sightings have been reported in the vicinity in the last three weeks ranging from Eagle, to Garden City, to east Boise. Last week, a dog was attacked. Officials say, while the traps are set, people out on the Greenbelt should keep pets on a leash. – See http://www.ktvb.com/news/Search-for-mountain-lion-ramps-up-around-Boise-175958521.html

Missouri 10/26/12 Reynolds County: Officials have confirmed a photo of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on October 10th in the Current River Conservation Area about five miles south of Ellington. – See http://www.therolladailynews.com/article/20121026/NEWS/121029229/-1/entertainment%20life

Coyote Attacks:

Illinois 10/26/12 DuPage County: City officials confirm there have been 20 reports of coyote sightings in Wheaton as of October 10th, and there were 22 similar reports last month. A new interactive map has been published that allows residents to report exactly where they’ve seen coyotes. – See http://wheaton.patch.com/articles/coyotes-report-your-sightings-here

West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 10/26/12 Marin County: Mosquito and vector control officials have confirmed that five more WNV infected birds have tested positive in the communities of San Rafael, Novato, Ross, Corte Madera, and Greenbrae. – See http://millvalley.patch.com/articles/wnv-infected-bird-found-in-san-rafael

Florida 10/25/12 Suwannee County: Health officials advise there has been increased mosquito-borne disease activity in some areas of the county and two horses have tested positive for WNV. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x699464220/Two-horses-test-positive-for-West-Nile-Virus-in-Suwannee-County

Texas 10/26/12 Hidalgo County: Health officials have confirmed that another horse has tested positive for WNV in the city of Edinburg bringing the total number of WNV cases in the county this year to five: three equine and two human cases. – See http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_d47dcee6-1fcc-11e2-acb5-001a4bcf6878.html

CALIFORNIA reports the lone WOLF known as OR-7 entered Butte County late last month ~ CALIFORNIA vector control officials trap DEER MOUSE infected with HANTAVIRUS ~ ALASKAN WOMAN survives GRIZZLY BEAR encounter shaken but unscathed ~ CANADA: SASKATCHEWAN confirms new case of CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE in an ELK ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from MT ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from FL (3), & MA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA (2), ID, IL, LA (fatality), MS, NJ, NY, & SD.

Gray wolf (not OR-7). Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

California 07/14/12 redbluffdailynews.com: by Katy Sweeny – Anyone looking to find California’s lone wolf since it entered Butte County June 28 would have had little luck. The Department of Fish and Game’s website placed it in northeast Butte County, but DFG regional wildlife program manager Karen Kovacs said it was closer to Highway 70 along the Plumas County line. OR7 is the only wolf known to be in California, Kovacs said. The last confirmed wolf in the state was in 1924. The wolf’s collar showed since Monday it moved north in Butte County and crossed Thursday into northwestern Plumas County, Kovacs said. The 2-year-old wolf left his pack in Oregon to find a mate and start a new pack, Kovacs said. He crossed into California Dec. 28. While most wolves go no more than 100 miles, OR7 has traveled about 2,500 miles. – For complete article see http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ci_21076254/lone-wolf-ventures-into-out-butte-county

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

California 07/13/12 sandiego6.com: A wild deer mouse trapped in north Escondido during routine monitoring tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, San Diego County vector control officials announced Friday. According to the county Department of Environmental Health, it is not easy for humans to contract hantavirus but if an infection does happen, it causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which is fatal 36 percent of the time. Department Director Jack Miller said infected mice, which are discovered every so often, are rarely a danger in the wild. “But hantavirus can be a danger if infected rodents get indoors and people come into contact with their droppings,” Miller said. “People should never sweep up or vacuum rodent droppings or nesting materials when they find them, but use bleach solutions and sponges or mops to carefully clean up instead.” The county’s website has detailed instructions online at sdcounty.ca.gov/deh/pests/hantavirus/wet-cleaning-method.html

Grizzly. Courtesy National Park Service.

Alaska 07/15/12 skyvalleychronicle.com: An Alaskan woman, Alyson Jones-Robinson had a recent terrorizing encounter with a grizzly bear that left her wising she had had a gun in her hand instead of insect repellant. How close was the bear to her during this encounter?  “It was a very surreal experience,” the 43-year-old Jones-Robinson told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner on Friday, a day after the ordeal. “All I could think about was this bear is so close to me I can see its teeth. I could have kissed it. I wished I had a gun.” Robinson was out hiking with her two nieces, 13 and 9, and her Husky dog Rowyn. They were hiking the 15-mile “Granite Tors Trail” in the Chena River State Recreation Area about 40 miles east of Fairbanks on Thursday. That’s when they were confronted on the trail by a young grizzly that Jones-Robinson estimated to be only 2 to 3 years old and maybe 100 to 200 pounds, not large as adult grizzlies go but the thing was that bear was big enough, aggressive, it would not back down and she knew they were all in trouble.

 The bear had bluff charged the group several times after they encountered it on the trail about five miles from the trailhead and it showed no fear of them or the dog. She told the newspaper it was so terrifying that on a scale of 1 to 10, it was above a ten. “I told the girls if the bear attacked me to take the dog and don’t look back, to get off the mountain and go until they found somebody,” Jones-Robinson told the newspaper At one point she fired off some bear spray but she fell backward on her pack and dropped the can of bear spray. The bear retreated for a moment but then came back and began circling Jones-Robinson, who then took her pack off and threw a package of macaroni and cheese at the bear hoping to distract it. As the bear circled she searched into the dog’s pack for the bottle of Natrapel, a natural mosquito repellent she uses because she’s allergic to traditional bug spray. When the bear tried to bite her dog, Jones-Robinson hit it in the head with her walking stick.  By now the girls were cowering behind their aunt, as was the dog. “It charged again, and I hit it over the head and held out my bug spray like this,” Jones-Robinson said, brandishing the bottle of Natrapel in front of her. “I hit it like three or four times.”

The dog, meanwhile, tried to attack the bear each time it charged, adding to the chaos but also possibly adding to the protection of the hiking group. She said after what seemed like an eternity the bear finally retreated and group continued toward the trailhead with Jones-Robinson carrying her broken walking stick and bottle of insect repellent. But it wasn’t over yet.  The bear followed the hikers for about a mile, bluff charging them several more times before it finally wandered off.  – For complete article see http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/GRIZZLY-ENCOUNTER-LEAVES-WOMAN-WISHING-SHE-HAD-A-GUN-INSTEAD-OF-INSECT-REPELLANT-1058527


Saskatchewan 07/13/12cjme.com: by Ragnar Haagen – A new case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed within the past month. It is only the second case of CWD found this year, but both have been found in the Prince Albert district – which stretches approximately from Spiritwood to the Manitoba border. This is one of the three areas where the disease is present in the wild; the others are in the northwest and the southwest parts of the province. “In those three areas we have a lot of the disease in the wild and then it tends to spill over into farm animals, and in this case it was in that northeast area,” explained Alex McIsaac, a disease control veterinarian with the CFIA. The latest animal that tested positive was an Elk, and because there is no known treatment or cure for this relatively new disease there is an eradication policy in place when dealing with any possible outbreak. – For complete article see http://cjme.com/story/new-case-cwd-discovered-pa-district/65469

Mountain Lion Sighting:

Montana 07/14/12 Sidney, Richland County: The sheriff’s office notified local police of a mountain lion sighting in the Lone Tree Creek area off the Fifth St. S.W. extension by the back of the county fairgrounds. – See http://www.sidneyherald.com/news/article_df07a6a4-cd4a-11e1-b7a9-001a4bcf887a.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Glades County

Florida 07/13/12 Moore Haven, Glades County: FDACS officials have confirmed that a horse has contracted EEE. This is the 11th horse in the state to be reported with EEE infection with onset during 2012 and the first in Glades County. – See http://swflorida.blogspot.com/2012/07/glades-horse-contracts-rare-disease.html

Nassau County

Florida 07/13/12 Callahan, Nassau County: Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE virus. – See http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2012/07/12/news/00newsmosquitodisease.txt

Walton County

Florida 07/14/12 Walton County: Several sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.waltonsun.com/news/county-9344-walton-detected.html

Plymouth County

Massachusetts 07/13/12 Carver, Plymouth County: Five mosquitoes infected with EEE have been found and officials are bracing for a danger that has appeared early this year. – See http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120713/NEWS/207130328/1018/OPINION

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Bernadino County

California 07/14/12 Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino County: WNV has been found in mosquitoes collected here near Base Line Road and Beryl Street in the first reported incident of West Nile this year. – See http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_21075782/west-nile-virus-found-rancho-cucamonga-mosquitoes

Contra Costa County

California 07/13/12 Brentwood, Contra Costa County: WNV has been found in two birds and two mosquito samples. One mosquito sample was taken from Garin Parkway and Spruce Street and the other was taken from Chestnut Street and Sellers Avenue. A dead crow found July 2 at Balfour Road and Walnut Boulevard in Brentwood also tested positive, as did a dead crow found at Margie Drive and Susan Lane in Pleasant Hill. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21073203/west-nile-virus-found-mosquitoes-brentwood

Ada County

Idaho 07/13/12 Boise, Ada County: The first mosquitoes testing positive for WNV were trapped near the Expo Idaho fairgrounds, prompting a warning from health officials because the virus has been detected much earlier than last year when it didn’t show up in the state until August. – See http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/jul/13/mosquitoes-boise-fairgrounds-test-positive-west-nile-virus/

Kane County

Illinois 07/14/12 Kane County: Three more pools of mosquitoes collected this week in Aurora, Montgomery and Carpentersville have tested positive for WNV. – See http://batavia.patch.com/articles/more-kane-county-mosquitoes-test-positive-for-west-nile

Louisiana 07/14/12 Simpson, Vernon Parish: Former village postmaster Donnie Merchant, 68, has died due to complications after contracting WNV. There have been ten confirmed human cases of WNV in the state this year, including six that were announced on Friday. – See http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120714/NEWS01/207140317/Ex-Simpson-postmaster-succumbs-West-Nile-virus?nclick_check=1

Mississippi 07/14/12 Lauderdale and Hancock counties: Health officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in the state. – See http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=17808

Ocean County

New Jersey 07/13/12 Ocean County: A crow in Point Borough and a mosquito pool in Point Pleasant Beach have tested positive for WNV. – See http://pointpleasant.patch.com/articles/bird-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus

Suffolk County

New York 07/14/12 Suffolk County: Six mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the county, including two in Nesconset. Positive samples were also found in Farmingville, Northport, Dix Hills, and Amagansett. – See http://smithtown.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-reported-in-nesconset

South Dakota 07/14/12 Beadle County: A healthy blood donor is the first known human case of WNV in the state this year. – See http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120714/NEWS/307140030/West-Nile-virus-lingers-S-D-?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1

VIRGINIA farm workers kill RABID BEAR with birdshot ~ MONTANA confirms fourth case of HANTAVIRUS this year ~ CALIFORNIA officials looking for several DOGS that bit five Yolo County PEOPLE in separate incidents ~ CONNECTICUT officers shoot RABID GRAY FOX that bit two PEOPLE in Enfield ~ Other RABIES reports from AR, IL, ME, NJ(2), NY(2), & PA ~ CANADA: RABIES report from ONTARIO.

Black bear. Courtesy National Park Service.

Virginia 04/19/12 dailyprogress.com: An attack by a rabid bear was ended by an Albemarle County farm worker’s point-blank shotgun blast, fired from the roof of a Gator utility vehicle, police said. Police believe the bear was drawn by the movement of two men, who were using the vehicle to move stones on a large farm northeast of Rockfish Gap, said county police Sgt. Darrell Byers. The roughly 120-pound female bear first attacked the vehicle itself, biting one of the tires, before pursuing the men, Byers said. One of the men climbed into the bed of the Gator, then onto its roof, taking a shotgun loaded with birdshot with him, Byers said. The other man left the cab, but when the vehicle started to roll downhill leaned back into the cab to set the parking brake, according to Byers. The bear had come into the cab and was climbing into the bed when the man atop the Gator put his shotgun to its head and pulled the trigger, Byers said. No one was injured in the attack, or directly exposed to the rabies virus, Byers said. The bear was decapitated, and its head sent to a state lab, where it tested positive for rabies, according to police. Officials will send the bear’s body to Harrisonburg, where it will be incinerated at the state veterinarian’s office. The state of the bear’s teeth leads authorities to believe it was an older animal, Byers said.

Deer mouse.

Montana 04/18/12 Cascade County: State health officials have confirmed the second case of Hantavirus in the county this year. This is the fourth case confirmed in the state this year. Typically, no more than 1 to 2 cases are reported in Montana annually. The virus is carried by infected deer mice and can be passed on through their urine, saliva, or droppings. – See http://www.ktvq.com/news/another-case-of-hantavirus-confirmed-in-cascade-county/

California 04/19/12 news10.net: by C. Johnson – A rash of dog bite cases in Yolo County in the past week has the county’s Animal Services Section asking for help identifying the dogs before bite victims have to go through rabies exposure treatment.

  • The first incident was Thursday, April 12, at about 5:30 p.m. in Davis in a field near Richards Boulevard close to the Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park. A woman was bitten several times by a large black dog believed to be a Labrador retriever. The animal was possibly wearing a red collar. The dog was last seen entering the Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park but it hasn’t been found.
  • Saturday, April 14, in Davis at approximately 7 p.m. in front of Woodstock’s Pizza at 219 G Street, a pedestrian was bitten as she walked by a brown brindle pit bull dog tethered by a rope to a light pole in front of the business. No claimed the dog at the time of the bite and no one reported seeing the dog being taken away after the bite.
  • Also in Davis on Saturday, April 14, at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the area of Sycamore Lane and Covell Boulevard, a pedestrian encountered a large black and tan adult-sized Doberman Pinscher which bit her and then ran off down Sycamore Lane. The victim reported she did not see anyone else on the street at the time.
  • In Woodland on Saturday, April 14, at about 8 p.m. in the 900 block of Wallace cross of Lasoya, a girl on a skateboard was encountered by two loose border collies, one black and white and one brown and white. The black and white dog jumped and bit the victim and both dogs ran off in an undetermined direction.
  • A fifth incident took place on Sunday, April 15, in West Sacramento at approximately 5 p.m. in the 1600 block of Madrone Avenue. The victim was sitting on her front porch when a dog described as a golden retriever-type came around the corner of the house, bit her, and then ran off in the direction of West Acres Road. Searchers couldn’t find the dog.

Yolo County reminds allowing a dog to run free unattended is a misdemeanor violation of county code.  Anyone with information or who knows who owns any of these dogs was asked to to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section 24 hours a day at (530) 668-5287 or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

Connecticut 04/19/12 Enfield, Hartford County: A gray fox that bit at least two people and had direct contact with a dog in the St. James area on April 18th has tested positive for rabies. Authorities were called to Enfield Square in response to the first incident, and an hour later another person was bitten outside the Holiday Inn on Brightmeadow Blvd. The animal was located and was shot by Enfield police. – See http://enfield.patch.com/articles/at-least-two-people-bitten-by-rabid-fox

Arkansas 04/18/12 Gravelly, Yell County: A pet owner in Gravelly reported their dog has tested positive for rabies. It’s most likely the dog contracted the disease from a wild animal so pet owners in the community should be on alert for a pet acting strangely. – See http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=531512

Illinois 04/19/12 Ottowa, LaSalle County: Bats are already active this year, due to early warm temperatures and local health officials have recently reported that a bat submitted from Ottowa has tested positive for rabies. – See http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=454294

Maine 04/19/12 Wells, York County: On April 7th, a vaccinated dog being walked on a trail off Laudholm Farm Road had direct contact with a dead raccoon. The animal’s carcass later tested positive for rabies. The dog has been quarantined. – See http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120419-NEWS-204190353

New Jersey 04/19/12 Helmetta, Middlesex County: A skunk killed by a vaccinated dog on March 23 in the vicinity of John Street and Railroad Avenue has tested positive for rabies. Two residents have been advised to seek medical advice regarding possible exposure, and the dog has been quarantined. – See http://woodbridge.patch.com/articles/middlesex-county-reports-the-first-rabid-skunk-of-the-season

New Jersey 04/19/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A skunk found dead near Tennent and Craig Roads on April 16 has tested positive for rabies. No person or domestic animal is known to have been exposed. – See http://manalapan.patch.com/articles/rabid-skunk-discovered-in-manalapan

New York 04/18/12 Mount Pleasant, Westchester County: Police are warning people to be wary of wild animals after a woman was bitten by a raccoon yesterday at the Valhalla train station. Police were unable to find the animal and the 32-year-old White Plains woman is undergoing preventive treatment for rabies as a precaution. – See http://www.lohud.com/article/20120418/NEWS/304180120/Rabies-treatment-woman-bitten-by-raccoon-Valhalla-station

New York 04/18/12 Ithaca, Tompkins County: The Tompkins County Health Department seeks information about a dog that bit a man on his leg near Maple Wood Community near Maple Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The dog is small, light brown, somewhat resembles a poodle and was walked on a leash by a young woman. If the dog is located and found healthy by the Health Department by Friday, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will be unnecessary. Anyone with information regarding this dog should call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at 274-6688.

Pennsylvania 04/19/12 Lawrenceville, Tioga County: A young pregnant woman was bitten by a dog on April 16th while walking on 46th Street. She said physicians at Children’s Hospital told her to begin taking three medications. The victim described the dog as a mixed breed golden retriever that was on a leash and being walked by a woman. She said the dog bit her on the buttocks for no reason. If the dog’s owner cannot be located, she may have to start getting shots for rabies prevention. – See http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/04/19/pregnant-woman-fears-she-may-develop-rabies/


Ontario 04/18/12 Meaford, Grey County: Health officials are looking for the owner of a dark brown boxer mix dog with a white chest that bit a young boy on the afternoon of April 11th on St. Vincent Street near Georgian Bay Secondary School. It was being walked on a leash by two women at the time. If the owner is not located, the boy will have to undergo post-exposure rabies treatment. – See http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=45607

IDAHO game officials capture/remove two young MOUNTAIN LIONS from Pocatello ~ MONTANA confirms cases of HANTAVIRUS in Cascade and Flathead counties ~ CALIFORNIA confirms dead BIRD in Bay Area harboring WEST NILE VIRUS ~ RABIES report from NEW JERSEY.

Mountain lion cub. Photo by California Fish & Game.

Idaho 04/13/12 fishandgame.idaho.gov: News Release – On the night of Tuesday, April 10, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game captured and removed two mountain lions, a female and a male, from the Gibson Jack area of Pocatello. The mountain lions, both sub-adults, were thin and dehydrated, the female weighing only 15 pounds and the male 20 pounds at time of capture. Both were taken to a secure, safe holding facility where they are being monitored and awaiting placement at a zoo. Fish and Game had received a call over Easter weekend about mountain lions observed in the Gibson Jack area. An investigation revealed that a house cat likely had been killed by a mountain lion; however, it also appeared that the mountain lions were moving away from the residential area toward suitable habitat. On the morning of April 10, Fish and Game received a report that a small dog was attacked by what was described as a “small mountain lion” in the Gibson Jack area the night before. According to the caller, the attack occurred while the dog and its owner were recreating in the area. The dog’s owner and a jogger who also saw the attack began throwing rocks at the mountain lion and were able to scare it away. The dog was not killed. Because this was the second attack on domestic animals in the Gibson Jack area, and because of its proximity to humans at the time of the attack, Fish and Game began the process of setting up live traps to capture the mountain lions.

Before the traps could even be put into position, another report of a mountain lion attacking a dog in front of a Gibson Jack residence came in to the Bannock County Sheriff’s office the night of April 10. The Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Game responded. Two young mountain lions were discovered on the property of a homeowner. Both animals were darted and removed from the area. Because of reports of a possible third young mountain lion in the area, an experienced houndsman and his dogs were brought to the area by Fish and Game to attempt tracking the third cat. No additional mountain lions or scent trails were detected. “It appears that these mountain lions lost their mother over the winter,” said Toby Boudreau, regional wildlife manager for Fish and Game’s Southeast Region. “We assume this because these animals appear too young to adequately provide for themselves as evidenced by their poor body conditions, and because it is unusual for mountain lions to feed on loose domesticated animals.” Fish and Game reminds the public that though Pocatello is surrounded with habitat that provides a home for various wildlife species, including mountain lions, incidences with mountain lions are quite rare.

Deer mouse.

Montana 04/13/12 nbcmontana.com: The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have confirmed cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in both Cascade and Flathead counties. The agency did not release any information on those with the illness, including whether they were hospitalized or had recovered. The cases bring to 35 the number reported in Montana since 1993. There have been three so far this year. Hantavirus cases often increase as people begin to clean their garages and sheds in the warmer spring weather. Cleaning can disturb nesting materials contaminated with dried saliva, urine, or droppings from infected deer mice, which are inhaled, causing exposure to the virus. The illness usually starts with flu-like symptoms, including fever, sore muscles and headaches. It progresses to a severe shortness of breath. Early diagnoses and treatment increase the likelihood of full recovery.

California 04/13/12 Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County: Mosquito experts confirmed the discovery of West Nile virus in a dead bird found in Pleasant Hill, an unseasonably early discovery in Contra Costa County that has vector control officials warning the public to be extra diligent to stop the spread of the virus. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20386393/bird-west-nile-virus-found-pleasant-hill

New Jersey 04/11/12 New Milford, Bergen County: A raccoon found in the northern section of town on River Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://newmilford-nj.patch.com/articles/rabid-racoon-found-in-new-milford