Birds in Wyoming are again testing positive for pathogenic avian influenza

WYOMING — According to Wyoming Game and Fish (WGFD), after a hiatus from confirming any bird deaths from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) over the summer, the WGFD’s Wildlife Health Laboratory in Laramie confirmed positives in a blue-winged teal and a great horned owl this month.

“With bird hunting seasons either ongoing or rapidly approaching, and as migrating birds start to head south, we are asking the public to keep an eye out for dead birds and be aware of the disease,” said Jessica Jennings-Gaines, Game and Fish wildlife disease specialist.

Game and Fish is continuing surveillance of HPAI, and it now has an online reporting tool that should help the public get reports directly to the lab. The lab asks the public to follow these criteria when reporting birds suspicious for HPAI infection:

Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region’s community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.

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