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Game and Fish ask the public to help fight HPAI

Once again, birds in Wyoming have tested positive for highly contagious bird flu.

9/19/2022 10:03:08 PM

CheyenneOnce again, birds in Wyoming have tested positive for highly contagious bird flu. After a pause in confirming any bird deaths from highly virulent avian influenza during the summer, the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish’s Wildlife Health Laboratory in Laramie It confirmed its positives in the blue-winged teal and the big-horned owl this month.

“As bird hunting seasons continue or are rapidly approaching, and as migratory birds begin to head south, we are asking the public to watch for dead birds and be aware of the disease,” he said. Jessica Jennings-Jaynes, game and fish wildlife pathologist.

Game and fish continues to monitor highly virulent avian influenza, and it is now It has an online reporting tool that will help the public to get the reports directly to the lab. The laboratory requires the public to follow these standards when reporting birds suspected of having HPAI:

  • Find any wise grouse, raptor, or owl that are dead or showing signs of nervousness.
  • Only small birds such as songbirds, sparrows, starlings, pigeons, etc., where a group of five or more is found dead or showing nervous signs. The signs should appear on the birds within a short period – 3-4 days of symptoms will be noticeable.
  • Any suspected birds in counties or species where highly virulent avian influenza has not been documented since 1 September. Check the map online to confirm.
  • If there is a concern that a member of the public has been exposed to highly virulent avian influenza, they ask for an avian influenza virus test.

Wyoming has not verified a case of highly virulent bird flu since June 9, testing 25 samples during the summer months and all came back negative. In August, highly virulent avian influenza was detected in wild birds in 13 states, including Colorado and Utah.


Game and Fish urges fishermen in the field who handle bushmeat to take specific precautions. These recommendations come from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s public safety guidelines for fishermen who handle wildlife and its tissues:

  • Do not handle or eat a sick toy.
  • Wear field clothing and set up the game outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear latex or nitrile gloves while handling or cleaning the toy.
  • When you have finished handling the toy, wash your hands thoroughly with soap or sanitizer and clean knives, equipment, and surfaces that come into contact with the toy.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling animals.
  • Do not feed cadavers/dead/found tissues to pets – eg dogs and cats.
  • All toys should be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before they are consumed.

“HPAI surveillance depends on the assistance of the citizens of Wyoming, and we greatly appreciate that assistance,” Jennings Gaines said.

(Sarah Direnzo ([email protected]))

– WGFD –


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