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    Bird flu scare prompts border agents to take hunters' birds...

    http://www.kxmb.com/News/167558.asp

    UNDATED (AP) U.S. Customs officials in Minnesota and North Dakota seized more than 4,100 birds from hunters re-entering the United States from Canada following an outbreak of avian flu at a commercial chicken farm near Regina, Saskatchewan.

    Mike Milne of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the birds were confiscated at entry points in Warroad, Minnesota and Portal and Pembina, North Dakota.

    On Thursday, the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service banned all imports of poultry and unprocessed bird products and customs agents were told the ban included hunter-killed birds.

    Agriculture Department officials rescinded the order on hunter-killed birds late Saturday night after reviewing their protocols. But the move came too late to save the game birds seized from coolers of returning hunters over three days. Milne says the birds were confiscated from hunters in 88 vehicles, each carrying three or four hunters.

    The confiscated birds were sent to landfills. Birds also were confiscated at border crossings in Montana and at Canadian airports.
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