Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu Confirmed In Wild Birds; Clean Bird Feeders/Baths
By Kristin Forbis, May 12, 2022
While it was confirmed last month that avian influenza is spreading among domestic birds in Utah, wildlife officials unfortunately announced on Wednesday that it has also now spread to wild birds. “The most common wild birds impacted by the virus are typically waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and scavengers,” shares DWR officials. “There are typically few symptoms in waterfowl and shorebirds, but the virus can kill raptors and scavengers quickly. The virus is spread among birds through nasal and oral discharge, as well as fecal droppings. It can be spread to backyard poultry and domestic birds through contaminated shoes or vehicles.” It’s recommended for all to regularly clean bird feeders and baths and if anyone finds a group of 5 or more dead wild birds to report it to the Division of Wildlife Resources. Do not touch the birds or pick them up. For more information on the current avian flu outbreak, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.