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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.”...

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    Avian flu detected in Northeast Arkansas geese
    By K8 Newsdesk
    Published: Dec. 13, 2023 at 2:57 PM EST|Updated: 3 hours ago

    JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Biologists report finding geese infected with avian flu in several Northeast Arkansas counties, including Craighead.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Wednesday that biologists conducting aerial surveys of waterfowl populations found small groups of dead snow geese and Ross’s geese in Arkansas, Craighead, and Lonoke counties.

    The geese were collected and tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, AGFC said.

    Additional suspected cases have been found in Clay, Poinsett, Faulkner, Prairie, and Pulaski counties.​..