Tag Archives: Emu

CANADA: Alaskan angler fishing Morice River in BRITISH COLUMBIA badly mangled by GRIZZLY ~ CANADA: Teenage NOVA SCOTIAN attacked by COYOTE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2, MA, NH, NY, TX, & WI ~ RABIES reports from AZ, FLx2, ID, IL, PA, RI, & TX.

Grizzly sow with cub. Courtesy National Park Service.


British Columbia 09/21/12 vancouversun.com: by Tiffany Crawford – An Alaskan angler mauled by a grizzly bear this week in northwestern B.C. has been airlifted to a Vancouver hospital where he will undergo intensive surgery for many broken bones and a missing jaw. Sergeant Kevin Nixon, a spokesman for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, says the 65-year-old man was fishing alone at dusk on Tuesday in the Morice River in Houston when he startled a sow and one or two of her cubs. It was around 7:30 p.m., and the man was just packing up his fishing gear for the evening. It’s believed he was crouching down to put something in a bag, and when he stood up the bear lunged at him. After the mauling, and with multiple broken bones all over his body, the man somehow crawled about 300 metres out of the rural wooded area to a road. Nixon said a woman was driving along the road at that moment and saw him curled up in the ditch. She stopped to help the man and when she realized the severity of the situation called emergency services. “If she hadn’t stopped for him, this could have been a life-or-death situation,” said Nixon. The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was transported to a hospital in Smithers but was later airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. Mounties believe the man was on vacation from a small town in Alaska and are trying to contact his family. Corp. Aaron Geary, a spokesman for the Houston RCMP, declined to release his hometown because it could identify the victim. He said the man’s camper van has been towed from the fishing site. The area, he said, is a popular destination for fly fishing and attracts people from all over the world, including celebrities and politicians. Nixon said the man’s condition is not known but he has severe facial and head injuries, multiple broken bones and deep puncture wounds. He said the man is missing his lower jaw and will require months of reconstructive surgery. – For complete article see http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Angler+survives+grizzly+attack+airlifted+Vancouver+hospital/7279178/story.html

Coyote Attacks:


Nova Scotia 09/20/12 halifaxnewsnet.ca: Natural Resources officials responded to an incident that appears to have involved an aggressive coyote.   The attack happened the morning of Friday, Sept. 14, near Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, and was reported to the department earlier this week. A 16-year-old girl was struck from behind and knocked to the ground along a rail line near the school. The girl suffered scratches on her face from the animal’s paws. She has been examined by health officials and her injuries are not considered serious. The animal was frightened off by a car that sounded its horn. “This is a serious incident and our department is taking all necessary steps to keep the community safe from aggressive coyotes,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We will continue to investigate and keep residents in the area aware of our activities.” Natural Resources officials are working on-site and have called in a trained trapper. Staff members are working with school officials to ensure safety information on coyotes is available to students, staff and parents. Nova Scotians are reminded that when faced with an aggressive coyote they should remember the acronym BAM — Back away, Act big, and Make noise. If attacked, the person should defend themselves with whatever is available. The Natural Resources agency has a program to deal with aggressive coyotes that threaten human safety. There are 13 experienced trappers across the province ready to remove aggressive coyotes when necessary. Staff provides public education on coyotes, and educational materials are available for Nova Scotians and public schools. Information on the Be Coyote Smart program is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 09/20/12 Yuba County: Health officials report one confirmed and three probable human cases of WNV in the county. The confirmed case is in an Olivehurst resident who was hospitalized. The three probable cases are in residents of Olivehurst, Marysville, and a rural area of the county. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4836881/one-human-west-nile-virus-case.html

California 09/21/12 San Francisco County: A dead bird found near the City College of San Francisco has tested positive for WNV. There have been no human cases of WNV in the city of San Francisco since 2005, but 126 human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year, including six deaths. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21601882/bird-west-nile-virus-found-near-city-college

Massachusetts 09/20/12 mass.gov/eohhs: Updates – Health officials have confirmed the 6th human case of EEE in an Amesbury woman in her 60s. They have also confirmed the 17th human case of WNV in a Brookline woman in her 20s. – See details and “Choosing an Effective Repellent” at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/

New Hampshire 09/20/12 dhhs.state.nh.us: News Release – Health officials announced today that two emus in the Cheshire County town of Fitzwilliam, and a horse in the Hillsborough County town of Derry have been diagnosed with EEE. The risk level for EEE in those communities has been raised from “remote” to “high”. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=mm#inbox/139e4b861992f211

New York 09/20/12 Suffolk County: State health officials have confirmed a third human case of WNV in the county, and several other potential cases are still being analyzed. – See http://easthamptonstar.com/?q=News/2012920/Spray-Decried-Third-W-Nile-Case-Found

Texas 09/20/12 Lubbock County: City health officials in Lubbock have confirmed the 8th human case of WNV in a female over the age of 50 who did not travel outside the county within two prior to the onset of her illness. – See http://kfyo.com/city-of-lubbock-confirms-8th-case-of-west-nile-virus/

Wisconsin 09/21/12 Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties: Health officials in Appleton announced that a bird has tested positive for WNV. – See http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/sep/21/bird-in-appleton-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/


Arizona 09/18/12 Pima County: A bat found in the parking lot of the county’s Juvenile Court in Tucson has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rabid-bat-found-outside-Pima-County-juvenile-court-3875652.php

Florida 09/19/12 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog in West Palm Beach east of Jog Road between Belvedere and Southern boulevards has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/second-case-of-rabies-confirmed-in-palm-beach-coun/nSFbp/

Florida 09/19/12 Suwannee County: A rabies alert has been issued after a skunk that was found in an area north of US-90 West and CR-132 South near the Suwannee River State Park tested positive for rabies. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1052805500/Rabies-alert-issued

Idaho 09/20/12 Southwest District: Health officials have issued a rabies warning after reports of unusual daylight bat activity along with an increasing number of bats testing positive for the virus in the district. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/170587176.html

Illinois 09/19/12 Will County: A bat found in the backyard of a home in the 24000 block of Brown Lane in Plainfield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/health-department-rabid-bat-found-in-plainfield

Pennsylvania 09/19/12 Bucks County: A 15-month-old boy from West Rockhill Township underwent treatment for infected wounds on his face and may have to be treated for potential exposure to rabies following an attack on Saturday by a Black Labrador mix at James Memorial Park. According to NBC10, James Heller was playing with his mother and her fiancé at the park, when a dog attacked and pounced on him. Heller’s mother, Jacque Heller, said she saw the dog approach out of the corner of her eye, but wasn’t initially concerned because the park is located next to a dog park. Heller’s fiancé kicked the dog off James, according to the article, and Jacque rushed her bleeding son to her truck and transported him to Grandview Hospital for emergency treatment. James received stitches and was released, but was readmitted Tuesday night because the cuts became infected. Rabies shots might be needed because police cannot find the dog. James Heller was still at Grandview Hospital on Wednesday and might also need plastic surgery. If anyone has information about the dog, please contact Pennridge Regional Police at 215-257-5104.

Rhode Island 09/20/12 Newport County: Police officers in Jamestown have set traps at Fort Wetherill State Park in an attempt to catch feral cats that may be infected with rabies. The fear stems from the fact that an injured kitten found at the park last month and adopted by a local family became ill and later tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2012-09-20/Front_Page/Rabies_threat_prompts_town_to_trap_feral_cats.html

Texas 09/21/12 Burnet County: Officials in the city of Burnet have issued a rabies warning after a skunk that bit a resident in the 800 block of Mildred Street tested positive for the virus. – See http://dailytrib.com/news/burnet/17343-burnet-officials-issue-rabies-warning-after-resident-bit-by-diseased-skunk


Canada: WOLF HUNT to stay open in BC’s Chilcotin region where Chief of Tsilhqot’in calls for BOUNTY ~ Texas city will remove FERAL CAT population from two urban areas citing concern about RABIES and other HEALTH HAZARDS ~ Connecticut resident bitten by FERAL CAT with RABIES ~ Montana woman bitten by unidentified DOG ~ Michigan confirms KOI HERPES VIRUS responsible for CARP die-off ~ Arizona rancher believes MOUNTAIN LIONS killed EMUS ~ Montana COLT attacked by MOUNTAIN LION is euthanized ~ Follow-Up Reports: No sign of VIRUS found in BC SALMON.


British Columbia 11/13/11 winnipegfreepress.com: by Dene Moore – The chief of the Tsilhqot’in Nation says he is concerned about the toll the region’s abundant wolf population could have on wild horses and endangered caribou this winter. The B.C. government made a controversial decision earlier this year to lift hunting restrictions and keep the wolf hunt open in the Chilcotin region because of concerns about the number of cattle and wildlife falling prey. Critics say the open hunt is a reckless decision not based on science, but Tsilhqot’in Chief Joe Alphonse said even the hunt is not enough and the government should go further. He’d like to see the province contract trappers and put a bounty on wolves on the plateau west of the Fraser River in central B.C. “As First Nations people we have great respect for wolves but you have to keep things in balance,” Alphonse said in a recent interview. “Eventually things will balance out,” but in the meantime caribou, cattle and wild horses will pay the price, he said. This summer, the Ministry of Forests and Lands eliminated any bag limit and ordered the wolf hunt season to stay open indefinitely in the area – an approach already in place in several other areas of the province. Provincial officials are adamant it is not a cull and say the wolf population is at a historic high, and both ranchers and area First Nations support the open hunt. Alphonse said low prices for wolf pelts means an open hunt won’t be enough to entice hunters and trappers to reduce the numbers of the pack.- For complete article go to http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/greenpage/wolf-hunt-will-stay-open-in-chilcotin-too-many-wolves-threaten-horses-caribou-133772253.html

Texas 11/12/11 Cleburne, Johnson County: Police Chief Terry Powell said last week the feral cat population at Hulen Park and Splash Station poses a risk of rabies and other health hazards to more than 120,000 people who visit the two locations annually. On Thursday, city officials began a program to remove an estimated 50 to 75 cats. “The cats will be humanely removed via live traps and transported to the animal shelter where they will be housed,” Powell said. “They will be treated as any other cat taken to the facility where they will be housed for a minimum of 72 hours. See http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/local/x960870255/City-implements-plan-to-remove-feral-cats-from-park

Connecticut 11/11/11 East Windsor, Hartford County: A feral cat that bit a Warehouse Point resident on Nov 8 has tested positive for rabies. The cat was described as a light grey tiger. See http://windsorlocks.patch.com/articles/feral-cat-in-warehouse-point-tests-positive-for-rabies

Montana 11/12/11 Billings, Yellowstone County: Woman seeks help in locating the owner of a dog that bit her on Oct 27 to verify rabies vaccination record. See http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_fbe2330c-6c2c-571d-a7c0-1997dd259516.html


Michigan 11/13/11 mlive.com: by Victor Skinner – State fisheries officials are tracking a new fish virus found in Michigan waters this year that has resulted in two carp die-offs. Officials recently confirmed a Koi herpes virus is responsible for the die-off of an estimated 2,000-4,000 adult common carp in Oceana County’s Silver Lake in August. The die-off is the second this year after a June outbreak in Kent Lake in Oakland and Washtenaw counties that killed several hundred carp. “It is not likely it has been here very long,” said Gary Whelan, fish production manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. “We don’t know how widespread it is across the state. Our best guess is it probably came from someone releasing ornamental fish into our waters.” Officials said the Koi herpes virus, also known as KHV, was first detected in Michigan in a private Koi pond near Grand Rapids in 2003, and officials removed those fish. In 2007 and 2008, the virus was responsible for large scale common carp die-offs in Ontario, Canada, Whelan said.

Japanese brocaded carp

“We know it has been showing up in the Great Lakes region recently,” he said. KHV is thought to only affect common carp, goldfish and Koi (specifically Nishikigoi,which is Japanese meaning “brocaded carp”, an ornamental variety of carp), and there are no known human health effects. Outbreaks of the virus have been found around the world, Whelan said. It is an internationally reportable disease and is causing concerns among large scale production facilities in Japan and Germany that sell the fish for food or the aquarium trade, he said. Michigan reported the recent outbreaks to the World Animal Health Organization. DNR fisheries biologist Richard O’Neal said officials “didn’t see any significant die-off of any other species in (Silver Lake)” in August when thousands of carp began to wash ashore. – For complete article go to http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2011/11/koi_virus_blamed_for_die-off_o.html

Arizona 11/12/11 Casa Grande, Pinal County: Rancher believes a mountain lion killed three of his emus on Nov 4, and a fourth emu is missing. Two sets of tracks that were found likely were those of a mother and cub. See http://www.trivalleycentral.com/articles/2011/11/12/casa_grande_dispatch/top_stories/doc4ebeb2a8262dc124164213.txt

Montana 11/11/11 Libby, Lincoln County: A mountain lion attacked and severely injured a colt that had to be euthanized. The attack occurred on Nov 8 but the lion has not been found. See http://www.thewesternnews.com/news/article_256713ca-0cab-11e1-a398-001cc4c03286.html

Follow-Up Reports:

(See November 7, 2011: Canada: Open-water SALMON farms may be source of VIRUS thought to be reducing WILD SALMON numbers by millions.)


British Columbia 11/13/11 bendbulletin.com: by Phuong Le – Canadian government officials said last week they have found no signs of a potentially deadly, infectious salmon virus in British Columbia. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia announced last month they had detected infectious salmon anemia, or ISA, in two wild juvenile Pacific salmon collected from the province’s central coast, prompting fears the influenza-like virus could wreck the salmon fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest. “There’s no evidence that (the virus) occurs in fish off the waters of British Columbia,” Dr. Cornelius Kiley, a veterinarian with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said, announcing results from the government investigation.

Government tests of the original 48 samples collected from B.C. researchers at a national laboratory have turned up negative for the virus, Canadian officials said. Additional tests performed on other samples have also turned up negative because the quality of some of those samples was too degraded to be conclusive. The results are consistent with independent testing conducted by a lab in Norway, officials said. While that lab found one weak positive reading among multiple tests, it also noted the sample was poor and results could not be reproduced, said Peter Wright, national manager for the Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Officials are continuing to test samples for the salmon virus, which has affected Atlantic salmon fish farms in Chile, Maine, New Brunswick and other areas. It does not affect humans. Rick Routledge, a researcher with Simon Fraser University who announced the detection of the salmon virus in October, said one positive reading by an independent laboratory in Norway shouldn’t be dismissed entirely. “Given that he did get a positive reading once, from a degraded sample, I don’t feel comfortable with the notion that you could dismiss that out of hand,” he said. “I hope that further sampling and testing would continue.” – For complete article go to http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111113/NEWS0107/111130358/1009/NEWS01&nav_category=NEWS01

Follow-Up Reports: Vermont EMU farmer has lost 16 BIRDS to EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) ~ AUTHOR’S NOTE ~ Massachusetts woman has WEST NILE VIRUS ~ HORSE in New York dies of EEE ~ and RABIES reports from Tennessee, & Virginia ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 17, 2011.

Emu. Photo by Ltshears. Wikimedia Commons.

Follow-Up Reports:

Vermont 09/26/11 addisonindependent.com: by Lee J. Kahrs – (See 09/26/11 post Vermont confirms EMU positive for EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS) Sixteen emus on a farm in Brandon have died in what is Vermont’s first documented case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Area veterinarian Keely Henderson sent brain tissue and blood samples from the dead emus to a University of New Hampshire lab last Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the results were received late next day. Henderson said people with livestock need to make sure their EEE inoculations are up to date, and state Health Department officials urged people to take standard precautions to avoid mosquito bites. “My recommendation for clients is that if they do live in an area with a heavy mosquito population they should re-vaccinate their horses,” Henderson said. While this is the first documented case in Vermont, it seems as though it was only a matter of time. The Vermont Department of Health collected blood samples from deer and moose during the 2010 hunting season and evidence of EEE infection was found, but the animals were not sick. And although this was first time evidence of EEE virus has been detected in Vermont livestock, Henderson said she believes it has been in the state for a while. “It’s not to say that EEE has never been here, it’s just never been diagnosed,” Henderson said on Friday. “The people that don’t vaccinate their horses don’t order a necropsy when they die, so it’s entirely possible that EEE has killed horses in Vermont and we just don’t have proof.” Erica Berl is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Vermont Department of Health. She said she is not surprised at the confirmed EEE diagnosis, given that the disease has been detected in New Hampshire, central Maine and Quebec. “It’s been all around us, so there’s no really great reason why Vermont wouldn’t get it eventually,” she said.

The EEE virus typically infects birds, then mosquitoes become infected by feeding on infected birds. If an infected mosquito bites a horse, human or other mammal, the animal or person can become sick. The virus that causes EEE is only spread by mosquitoes; it cannot be spread by humans consuming emu meat or using emu products. People, horses and deer do not spread the disease – Unlike horses, which contract the disease directly from a mosquito bite, emus — a flightless bird from Australia — can transfer it between individuals via feces, making entire flocks much more susceptible – . Although EEE most commonly affects people and horses, it is not uncommon to see it reported in emus, as well as alpacas, llamas, donkeys, and pheasants. The health department says that symptoms of EEE typically occur four to 10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. The severity of the illness varies and many people bitten by an infected mosquito will not become ill. Most people who become ill experience a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, joint pain and fatigue. This illness can last one to two weeks. In very rare cases, infection of the brain and spinal cord occurs, causing a sudden high fever, stiff neck and a headache that keeps getting worse. Inflammation and swelling of the brain, called encephalitis, is the most dangerous complication. There is no specific treatment for EEE. Doctors treat the illness by providing supportive therapy to lower the fever and ease the pressure on the brain and spinal cord. Also, there is no vaccine because EEE occurs so rarely in people. There is a vaccine for horses, a combination shot of vaccines for EEE, Western Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, which can also be used in other susceptible animals. – For complete article go to http://www.addisonindependent.com/201109brandon-emus-die-1st-vt-case-eee


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Massachusetts 09/26/11 cbslocal.com: A woman from Worcester County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, the state’s Department of Public Health announced on Monday. The woman, who is said to be over the age of 64, developed symptoms on Sept. 3 but was never hospitalized and has fully recovered. This is the second reported human case of West Nile Virus this year. Seven such cases were reported last year. West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in 32 Massachusetts towns since Labor Day Weekend.

New York 09/26/11 syracuse.com: by Debra J. Groom – A horse in the town of Richland has contracted the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus and has died, officials with the Oswego County Health Department announced Monday. Testing sites in the Toad Harbor Big Bay Swamp area in the town of Hastings are also continuing to produce positive results.  “While there is less EEE activity around the county since we conducted aerial spraying, the virus is still present at our test sites,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, public health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “We are working with the state health department to monitor the situation and residents should continue to use extreme caution and take protective measures to guard against mosquito bites.”

Tennessee 09/25/11 t-g.com: by David Melson – A mule died of rabies Wednesday at a northern Bedford County farm, according to a local equine veterinarian. “The state called today and said it had tested positive for rabies,” Dr. John Bennett said Friday. “I don’t know how the mule got it. Maybe it was bitten by a rabid skunk.” The mule had not been vaccinated, Bennett said. Bennett said he was notified of the mule’s condition early Wednesday morning. “The owner called and said the mule had been down most of the night,” Bennett said. “We got to his farm at 6:30 a.m. and the mule was down thrashing with a bloody discharge from its mouth. I was suspicious of neurological problems at that point.” Bennett said he attempted to treat the mule and left for a short time. “We came back within an hour and the mule had died,” Bennett said. The last recent case of equine rabies Bennett said he remembered occurred four years ago. “We had one four years ago at the Celebration from Missouri,” Bennett said. “The horse had been on a trail ride earlier and had not contacted rabies locally.” Brenda Goodrich of Bedford County Animal Control said she had not heard of rabies cases in the area this year but said she is not always notified. The state health department had not responded to a request for Bedford County rabies statistics as of late Friday. Goodrich urges animal owners to have them vaccinated and, if expenses are a problem, to take advantage of the rabies clinics held across Bedford County each spring.

Virginia 09/25/11 washingtonexaminer.com: by Emily Babay – Fairfax County police have started a campaign to educate people about rabid animals found in their neighborhoods. When a rabid animal is reported, animal control officers are going door to door to let people know about precautions to take to protect family pets and children. Police said three raccoons and two foxes have tested positive for rabies this month, and officers have notified people in those neighborhoods. In total, more than 30 rabid animals have been reported in Fairfax County this year, according to police. Rabies is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system and can be deadly. Humans can get it if they are bitten by a rabid animal.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 17, 2011:

Published September 23, 2011 / 60(37); 1286-1299

Anaplasmosis . . . 15 . . . Florida, Maryland, New York (12), Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 7 . . . New York (7),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 9 . . . Maryland (2), Missouri (2), New York (5),

Giardiasis . . . 228 . . . Alabama (3), Arkansas, California (25), Colorado (7), District of Columbia (2), Florida (39), Georgia (7), Idaho (2), Iowa (4), Maine (5), Maryland (9), Missouri (7), Montana (3), New York (56), Ohio (22), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (9), Vermont (5), Virginia (7), Washington (12), Wisconsin,

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 2 . . . New York, Virginia,  

Lyme Disease . . .  372 . . . Delaware (2), Florida (4), Maine, Maryland (102), Nebraska, New York (143), Pennsylvania (105), Vermont (7), Virginia (7),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 57 . . . Alabama (4), Illinois (2), Maine (4), New Hampshire, New York (16), Oregon (2), Utah, Vermont, Virginia (26),

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1 . . . Idaho,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 11 . . . Alabama, Maryland (2), Missouri, New York, North Carolina (2), Tennessee, Virginia (3),

Idaho ELK hunter attacked by BEAR believed to be GRIZZLY ~ Oregon officers will kill two WOLVES involved in another LIVESTOCK loss ~ Colorado officials not expected to track down MOUNTAIN LION that killed pet DOG ~ Ohio town tries to trap COYOTES killing pets ~ Wisconsin warns of EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS outbreak ~ Vermont confirms EMU positive for EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ MOSQUITOES in Florida’s Pinellas County positive for ST. LOUIS ENCEPHALITIS and WEST NILE VIRUS ~ and RABIES reports from Georgia, & South Carolina ~ Follow-Up Reports: Pentagon seeks to identify service members exposed to RABIES.

Grizzly. Photo by Jean-Pierre Lavoie. Wikimedia Commons.

Idaho 09/24/11 washingtonpost.com: An Idaho elk hunter who apparently stumbled across a bear’s resting spot Saturday was hospitalized after the animal bit him and broke his right arm, officials said. Richard Paini, 40, suffered puncture wounds and an injured left hand along with the broken forearm in the attack at about 9 a.m. He was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. A hospital spokesman said Paini, of Island Park, was listed in serious condition Saturday afternoon. She declined to release details about the extent of his injuries. The bear involved in the attack fled after Paini’s archery hunting partner, John Stiehl of Island Park, used bear spray to scare off the bear. Stiehl told authorities he believed it was a grizzly bear.

The Wildlife Human Attack Response Team was activated to investigate the attack, said Gregg Losinski, a spokesman for Idaho Fish and Game and a member of the team. “It was described to be a large bear,” Losinski said. He said the attack, first reported by KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, occurred about a half mile east of Last Chance in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. He said hair samples collected at the site have been sent to a lab that will identify whether it was a black bear or grizzly bear. The bear’s reaction, Losinski said, was typical of grizzly bears, which tend to be more aggressive than black bears, though a surprised black bear could also be dangerous. – For complete article go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/e-idaho-elk-hunter-hospitalized-in-serious-condition-after-bear-attack/2011/09/24/gIQA2MD0tK_story.html

Oregon 09/23/11 state.or.us: News Release – Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) staff will kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack after confirming they were involved in another livestock loss. The two wolves that will be targeted are the alpha male and an uncollared wolf in the pack. Data from the alpha male’s GPS collar confirm he was at the scene where the calf was killed earlier this week. Removing two wolves will reduce the size of Imnaha pack to two—the adult/alpha female and a pup born in spring 2011. Other wolves from the Imnaha pack moved to new areas earlier this year. “Today’s decision was not made lightly,” said ODFW Director Roy Elicker. “We’re working hard to conserve wolves in Oregon, yet be sensitive to the losses suffered by livestock owners.” Yesterday’s investigation brings to 14 the number of livestock animals confirmed to be killed by the Imnaha pack in the past year and a half. ODFW or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed seven losses this year (two in February, and on April 30, May 4 and 17, June 5, and Sept. 22) and seven last year. The 2011 losses are repeating a pattern similar to 2010, when the Imnaha pack wolves killed livestock April through early June and again in the fall (September). An additional two losses were determined to be probable wolf kills by this pack, including one on Sept. 7, 2011. ODFW assumed responsibility for wolf management in the eastern third of Oregon May 5, 2011, after wolves in this area were delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act. After four confirmed livestock losses in spring 2011, ODFW killed two wolves from the Imnaha pack in mid-May.

Under the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, ODFW kills wolves after chronic livestock depredation. Yesterday’s investigation scene showed clear evidence of a wolf attack. The large spring calf had been dead less than two days, yet was almost completely consumed, suggesting the entire pack had fed on it. The alpha female was observed near the investigation site the following day, and GPS collar data indicates the alpha male was with her at the time. This latest confirmed depredation occurred in the same area where livestock losses had been confirmed in May and June 2011, on private property with livestock operations near Joseph.  Landowners in this area have been using numerous non-lethal measures to avoid wolf-livestock problems. Find more information on wolves in Oregon.

Colorado 09/24/11 summitcountyvoice.com: A mountain lion killed a pet dog this week near Sunlight Ski Area, and another lion was seen in Carbondale, prompting Colorado wildlife managers to warn that encounters with the potentially dangerous animals will become more frequent as the state’s population grows to 5 million and lion populations rebound. A resident living near the Sunlight Ski Resort told a wildlife officer that an attack happened when she let her dogs walk outside at approximately 10 p.m., Wednesday (Sept. 20). She ran out to her deck after hearing distressed barking, and watched as a mountain lion ran off with her 14 year-old poodle/shih tzu mix in its mouth. “As troubling as the incident may seem, residents in this area need to remember that they live in mountain lion country and this can happen anytime,” said Perry Will, wildlife manager for the area. “Lions are opportunistic predators, so we caution people to keep a close eye on their dogs, cats or other domesticated animals.” Wildlife managers take human safety or loss of livestock into consideration when deciding whether to relocate or lethally manage a predator. However, they do not typically kill a lion that preys on an unsupervised pet. – For complete article go to http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/09/24/colorado-mountain-lion-kills-dog-near-glenwood-springs/

Ohio 09/25/11 hudsonhubtimes.com: Police are warning residents to keep a close eye on their pets after a coyote attack was reported Sept. 19 in the Lakes of Aurora neighborhood. The city also has initiated a program with its animal control contractor to try to trap coyotes around town. Laurie Sovich told the Aurora Advocate on Sept. 20 that the family’s Maltese-mixed dog was snatched from the yard by a coyote and carried into the woods while her husband and son were sitting on the front porch the evening of Sept. 19. A handful of Lakes of Aurora residents also have told the Advocate in recent weeks that their cats have turned up missing.

Wisconsin 09/24/11 channel3000.com: An outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis is expanding in Wisconsin. State veterinarian Robert Ehlenfeldt said 25 cases of a mosquito-borne disease have been confirmed in Wisconsin since mid-August, mostly in the north-central part of the state. Ehlenfeldt advised horse owners to call a veterinarian if their horses show any signs of central nervous system disease. Those include loss of appetite, dropping eyelids and lower lip, aimless wandering and circling and sometimes paralysis. The disease has a mortality rate of 90 percent or higher. So far, the disease has been detected in Price, Lincoln, Taylor, Clark, Marathon and Dunn counties. Ehlenfeldt said he expects more cases to be confirmed. He said warm weather forecast for next week might mean mosquitoes are more active.

Vermont 09/23/11 townofbrandon.com: Public Notice – The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced today that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) was confirmed on September 22 in an emu from Brandon. This is the first time that EEE virus has been confirmed in a live animal in Vermont. No cases in people have been reported. While EEE virus has never caused illness in Vermont, EEE in animals and people had been reported in Vermont’s bordering states and Quebec. In 2010, testing of deer and moose samples confirmed that EEE virus was present in Vermont. – For complete notice go to http://townofbrandon.com/2011/09/23/eastern-equine-encephalitis-detected-in-vermont-bird/

Pinellas County

Florida 09/23/11 tbo.com: Pinellas County officials Friday evening confirmed that St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus have popped up on sentinel chickens around the county. In a news release, the county’s mosquito control division said that a total of 15 St. Louis encephalitis and three West Nile virus cases were found in chickens. No human cases have been reported. The chickens that contracted the West Nile virus were in Palm Harbor, Oldsmar and Seminole. The St. Louis encephalitis cases were detected in Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, St. Petersburg and Seminole. Officials said that the increased numbers of positive tests do not indicate an increase in the presence of the viruses. A mosquito-borne advisory issued by the Florida Department of Health last week is in effect because tests on sentinel chickens were confirmed positive.

Georgia 09/23/11 wrdw.com: The Richmond County Health Department is issuing a warning to residents of Richmond County about rabies and your pets. They say a raccoon that was picked up in a wooded area close to Rosier Road, Wentworth Road, Chadwick Road and the Pepperidge subdivision has tested positive for rabies. Any contact of humans with wild animals should be reported to the Richmond County Health Department Environmentalist Health Section office at (706) 667-4234 and contact of pets with wild animals to Richmond County Animal Control at (706) 790- 6836.

South Carolina 09/23/11 thestate.com: A man who picked up a raccoon in the Hopkins area of Richland County is under the care of a physician after the animal tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday. “The raccoon was found on a road, and the man wanted to help it,” said Sue Ferguson of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health. “The raccoon eventually bit the man on his hand.”

Follow-Up Reports:

National 09/23/11 military.com: News Release – (See August 26, 2011 post: New York soldier returning from deployment diagnosed with RABIES ~ August 28, 2011 Follow-Up Reports: media learns source of New York soldier’s RABIES infection ~ September 5, 2011 Follow-Up Reports: SOLDIER at Ft. Drum, New York, with RABIES has died ~ and September 16, 2011 Follow-Up Reports: SOLDIER who died of RABIES did not receive full course of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) RABIES VACCINE.) A soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan died from rabies last month after contracting the disease from a feral dog while deployed. The Army has initiated an investigation to ensure that other service members who may have been exposed to rabies are identified and receive preventive treatment, if needed. The Army Medical Department, along with the Department of Defense, other uniformed services and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to expeditiously identify, evaluate and treat any service members, DOD civilians and contractors who may have been exposed to rabies while deployed. Individuals who have already been identified as being exposed to the disease while deployed are currently receiving evaluation and treatment. – For complete release go to http://www.military.com/news/article/army-news/army-seeks-to-id-treat-soldiers-exposed-to-rabies.html