Texas 07/09/15 TX Parks & Wildlife: Media Release – Texas game wardens have completed their investigation into an alligator attack that resulted in the death of Tommie Woodard, 28, of St. Louis, Missouri. Investigators concluded that the unprecedented circumstances of the case, believed to be the first fatal alligator attack in Texas on record, warrant no further action. The alligator suspected of attacking Woodard was killed by an individual who told investigators he acted out of concern for the safety of his family and others.
Game wardens issued a warning citation to the individual for the illegal take of the alligator; his identity is being withheld since no criminal charges were filed. Shortly before 3 a.m. on Friday, July 3, Texas game wardens were notified about a possible alligator attack and missing person on Adams Bayou, an oxbow creek off the Sabine River in Orange County, 30 miles east of Beaumont, Texas. Game wardens recovered Woodard’s body from the creek about two hours later. A game warden crew searched the area nightly throughout the weekend for a large, aggressive alligator with no success. Mid-afternoon Monday, July 6, game wardens received a call that a large alligator carcass had been dropped at the marina boat ramp near where the attack had occurred days earlier. A subsequent examination confirmed it to be the alligator responsible for the attack on Woodard. – For complete release see http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20150709a&nrtype=all&nrspan=2015&nrsearch=
Rhode Island 07/09/15 Newport County: A feral cat that was killed by a dog in the East Bay Village area of West Main Road in Middletown has tested positive for rabies. A child scratched by the cat is being treated for potential exposure to the virus. The cat was a black, short-haired female with kittens. Anyone exposed should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://wpri.com/2015/07/09/feral-cat-in-middletown-tests-positive-for-rabies/