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    Avian flu killing waterfowl in Arkansas
    by Bryan Hendricks | Today at 12:36 p.m.

    Avian flu is resulting in sick and dead waterfowl from Poinsett County to Drew County, said Luke Naylor, chief of wildlife management for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

    On Tuesday, a hunter contacted the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to report dead geese and ducks in a field near Clarendon and from another field near the Wabbaseka Scatters. He said there were about 200 dead birds in the Clarendon field.

    Naylor said hunters are notoriously inaccurate about estimating anything, but he confirmed that the reports are true. An unusually virulent strain of avian flu is circulating primarily among snow geese throughout the Mississippi River Delta. He asked hunters to share all of their observations, including photos and videos, by sending them in email form to the Game and Fish Commission at

    “That’s the best thing people can do to help us out,” Naylor said. “We need locations, photos, any kind of detail would be super helpful. We won’t be able to get out and collect samples from every report, but we will collect samples to confirm that what we believe is happening is happening.”...