Hunters should be aware of avian influenza in wild birds


Last updated 9/29/2022 at 11:03am

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A pheasant peers through the grass in north-central Montana. With game fowl and pheasant seasons opening soon, hunters are warned to be aware that highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in wild birds as well as domestic poultry in Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

HELENA - Highly pathogenic avian influenza - HPAI - virus was detected in wild birds and domestic poultry in Montana earlier this year.

While HPAI cases in wild birds did appear to decline over the summer, there are detections of new cases in parts of the U.S. including Montana this fall. HPAI viruses are extremely infectious and fatal to poultry and some species of wild birds.

Some scientists have been concerned that the U.S. would see a resurgence of the virus during the fall migration.  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is monitoring the situation by...

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