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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | March 23, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com A Maryland Department of Natural Resources official said the incident involving Bucky the deer has not caused the agency to re-examine its policies on wild animals, although he said there were some miscommunication in the incident. Paul Peditto, director of DNR's wildlife and heritage service, said Monday there was confusion between various DNR officials and Kevin and Starla Hall, the couple who took the deer into their home for several days last month.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
A Western Maryland legislator is trying again to gain passage for a bill that would allow bow-hunters to carry handguns while hunting in some areas of the state. Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, has introduced a bill similar to one filed last year that passed the Senate but did not get out of committee in the House of Delegates. “(Hunters) are allowed to carry a handgun as they hunt with a rifle … but you cannot carry a handgun and hunt deer with a bow,” he said.
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August 1, 2003
Lucky is a black-and-white spayed female. She is approximately 2 years old and has green eyes and medium-length hair. Lucky also has black freckles on her nose. She is affectionate and likes to roll on her back to have her belly scratched. Pet Tip: Protect you and your pet from rabies The rabies virus is spread mainly through bites. Avoid all contact with wild animals, never feed or handle them. Secure your trash, as open trash containers will attract wild animals. Have your pets vaccinated.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | May 24, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Don't be friendly with unfamiliar cats, Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said Friday. This is the time of year when Washington County residents spend more time outdoors and are more likely to come across stray animals, including cats, MacRae said. But if you happen to see a stray cat, resist the urge to be friendly and feed and encourage it, he said. Such animals can carry rabies, a viral infection of the brain. When someone is scratched or bitten by a cat and the cat's health status is unknown, the Health Department advises the person to see their personal physician for a recommendation on whether they need to get a rabies shot, MacRea said.
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August 19, 2004
"I am outraged. We have been burdened with a flush tax for septic systems that probably has little impact on the bay. Yet, four times this year alone, Hagerstown has 'accidentally' spilled partially treated sewage into the Antietam. Absolutely ridiculous and completely unacceptable. " - Boonsboro "When I was a kid, the neighbors had two raccoons. They had them for years. They got loose, attacked my sister and had to be put down. Wild animals are not pets. The law has been on the books for years, people can't keep wild animals.
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By DAN DEARTH | October 28, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The fate of a Williamsport man accused of shooting two dogs that ran onto his property will be decided next month by a Washington County Circuit Court judge. Judge W. Kennedy Boone on Monday heard arguments from attorneys in the case of Jeffrey Hurd, who is accused of killing a Labrador retriever with a high-powered rifle in July 2007, and a German shepherd in May 2008, as they chased wild game onto his property. The dogs belonged to separate families who lived near Hurd.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | February 18, 2004
Despite calling several animal refuges and petting zoos, a Hagerstown-area couple has been unable to find a home for a young deer that continues to return to their property. Kevin Hall said the deer, an apparent yearling that he and his wife, Starla, named Bucky, remained at their home on Antietam Drive near north Hagerstown on Tuesday. Hall said attempts to return Bucky to the wild, as recommended by the Department of Natural Resources, were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon. He said the couple walked the deer, which has appeared to be dazed and slightly injured since Sunday, to a wooded area near the YMCA and tried to send the animal on its way. However, Bucky made its way back to their home.
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September 1, 2010
Rabies has been confirmed in at least one of three cats that attacked humans in the College Road area, the Washington County Health Department said Tuesday in a press release. College Road runs between Lappans Road (Md. 68) and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). The attacks occurred over the weekend, and two individuals are undergoing post-exposure rabies treatment, according to the release. Other people are undergoing evaluation to determine their possibility of exposure, the release said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | July 11, 2009
Bears, foxes and raccoons are cute, but, wisely, these Tri-State-area photographers snapped them from a distance. Wild animals are not tame pets. We frequently feature readers' photos on this weekly photo page. So we're looking for the best recent photographs from the Tri-State area. This is a chance for amateur photographers to share their best images. Send us a variety of subjects. Avoid family portraits, posed scenes or news photos. And please help us avoid repetition.
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January 29, 2001
Dead raccoon found in Shenandoah Junction rabid By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A raccoon that was killed about two weeks ago in the Shenandoah Junction area has tested positive for rabies, prompting health officials to renew their warning about the fatal disease. The raccoon was killed by a homeowner after the animal entered the man's property, said James Hecker, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Health. The head of the animal was given to the health department for testing, Hecker said.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
A Western Maryland legislator is trying again to gain passage for a bill that would allow bow-hunters to carry handguns while hunting in some areas of the state. Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, has introduced a bill similar to one filed last year that passed the Senate but did not get out of committee in the House of Delegates. “(Hunters) are allowed to carry a handgun as they hunt with a rifle … but you cannot carry a handgun and hunt deer with a bow,” he said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2011
Ten Washington County residents have started rabies shots because they were bitten over the weekend by wild animals. Rod MacRae, spokesman for the Washington County Health Department, said the incidents ranged from bat bites in the North End of Hagerstown to cat and raccoon bites in other parts of the county. "It's an ongoing problem," MacRae said. "We need to realize that rabies is well-established here. " The people who were bitten will receive an initial treatment and about five shots in the arm over the course of a month, MacRae said.
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September 1, 2010
Rabies has been confirmed in at least one of three cats that attacked humans in the College Road area, the Washington County Health Department said Tuesday in a press release. College Road runs between Lappans Road (Md. 68) and Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). The attacks occurred over the weekend, and two individuals are undergoing post-exposure rabies treatment, according to the release. Other people are undergoing evaluation to determine their possibility of exposure, the release said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | July 11, 2009
Bears, foxes and raccoons are cute, but, wisely, these Tri-State-area photographers snapped them from a distance. Wild animals are not tame pets. We frequently feature readers' photos on this weekly photo page. So we're looking for the best recent photographs from the Tri-State area. This is a chance for amateur photographers to share their best images. Send us a variety of subjects. Avoid family portraits, posed scenes or news photos. And please help us avoid repetition.
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BY JULIE E. GREENE | March 20, 2009
In the late 1980s, while walking to the set for an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman," Jack Hanna led a camel off a freight elevator and into a hallway. But the hall had a lower ceiling than the elevator. As Hanna led the animal down the hall, the camel knocked out the drop-ceiling panels one by one in its path. It's these kind of moments, and the allure of the animals Hanna brings on popular TV news and talk shows that have made Hanna a widely recognized figure and a regular on Letterman's show.
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By DAN DEARTH | October 28, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The fate of a Williamsport man accused of shooting two dogs that ran onto his property will be decided next month by a Washington County Circuit Court judge. Judge W. Kennedy Boone on Monday heard arguments from attorneys in the case of Jeffrey Hurd, who is accused of killing a Labrador retriever with a high-powered rifle in July 2007, and a German shepherd in May 2008, as they chased wild game onto his property. The dogs belonged to separate families who lived near Hurd.
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By DAN DEARTH | June 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A fox that was captured after it chased a housekeeper into a building late last week at the Potomac Center on Marshall Street has tested positive for rabies, according to a press release from the Humane Society of Washington County. No one was injured by the fox after it followed the housekeeper into one of the buildings and was trapped immediately in a vestibule, said Cathy Marshall, Potomac Center director. The fox paced in the vestibule for about 15 minutes before animal control workers arrived.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 2, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Pat Travis is very dedicated to her work as the rabies program coordinator for the Washington County Health Department. "I track all exposure reports in Washington County," Travis said. Those reports come from area police agencies and the Humane Society of Washington County. Travis described the incidence of rabies in Washington County as moderate, occurring mostly in wildlife and sometimes in barn cats. Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals.
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August 19, 2004
"I am outraged. We have been burdened with a flush tax for septic systems that probably has little impact on the bay. Yet, four times this year alone, Hagerstown has 'accidentally' spilled partially treated sewage into the Antietam. Absolutely ridiculous and completely unacceptable. " - Boonsboro "When I was a kid, the neighbors had two raccoons. They had them for years. They got loose, attacked my sister and had to be put down. Wild animals are not pets. The law has been on the books for years, people can't keep wild animals.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | March 23, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com A Maryland Department of Natural Resources official said the incident involving Bucky the deer has not caused the agency to re-examine its policies on wild animals, although he said there were some miscommunication in the incident. Paul Peditto, director of DNR's wildlife and heritage service, said Monday there was confusion between various DNR officials and Kevin and Starla Hall, the couple who took the deer into their home for several days last month.
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