New Mexico -(Ammoland.com)- Duck hunters are asked to bring their harvested birds to check stations this season so Department of Game and Fish biologists can obtain samples for testing.
The effort is part of a broader, national plan to monitor wild bird populations for strains of avian influenza. New Mexico is host to hundreds of thousands of migratory birds each year, said department Bird Program Manager Kristin Madden.
“We’re encouraging hunters to come in after harvest so we can check their ducks,” Madden said. The quick, voluntary inspection consists of swabbing the bird for a sample, she said.
There are several strains of avian influenza that afflict wild and domestic birds, but none are known to be harmful to humans. Dogs used in wild bird hunting are not considered at risk of acquiring avian influenza and there have been no documented cases of the virus infecting dogs.
A lone bird at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tested positive for the flu last year. Department biologists hope to sample about 1,300 birds this …read more