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    Pelican In Jackson County The Latest Wild Bird To Test Positive For Avian Flu
    By Logan Smith
    May 14, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    (CBS4) — Pathologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) confirmed Friday the most recent positive test for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among the state’s wild bird population has come from a pelican found May 4 in Jackson County.

    In a press release Friday, CPW stated the pelican was euthanized and tested after it exhibited HPAI symptoms.

    Since March 24, when the first confirmed HPAI case was found in wild geese in northeastern Colorado, the disease has been confirmed in several species of wild birds in Routt, Jackson and Grand counties in Colorado.

    The state’s first case of the disease in flock of domestic birds was discovered last month in Pitkin County...

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      Bird flu found in owls in Mesa County
      By Joshua Vorse
      Published: May. 24, 2022 at 6:04 PM EDT|Updated: 23 minutes ago

      GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Avian Influenza, commonly known as bird flu was found in wild great horned owls in Mesa County on May 19, according to a press release from the health department.

      Until this case, bird flu had only been found in Montrose, La Plata and Pitkin counties. The health department says the risk to humans is low, but anyone who comes into contact with wild or domestic birds should be extra careful...


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          Snow geese may have bird flu in Morgan County
          CPW reports one presumptive positive test result has been received
          By Brian Porter | The Fort Morgan Times, Sterling Journal-Advocate
          PUBLISHED: November 23, 2022 at 4:41 p.m. | UPDATED: November 23, 2022 at 4:47 p.m.

          Several snow geese in Morgan County may have been infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to reports received by Colorado Parks & Wildlife officers.

          As a result of an investigation into the reports and through testing with the CPW’s Wildlife Health Lab in Fort Collins, a presumptive positive test result has been received, the CPW reported in a press release.

          The affected birds are believed to be located in or near the towns of Brush and Fort Morgan...


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            Avian flu killing Colorado eagles, hawks and owls in record numbers
            Miles Blumhardt
            Fort Collins Coloradoan
            Dec. 16, 2022

            The deadly, highly pathogenic avian influenza that has caused a spike in chicken egg prices and inflated turkey prices has spread to bald eagles, hawks, owls and thousands of snow geese in the largest outbreak in wild birds the state has seen.

            The current outbreak of the virus has heavily impacted domestic poultry operations around the country, including in Colorado, where more than 4.6 million chickens have been killed off at egg-laying operations, the majority of them in Weld County, due to the highly contagious virus, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

            On the Eastern Plains, more than 4,500 snow geese have died in the last month, including at least 2,000 each in Morgan and Logan counties. Those counties are located in the migratory waterfowl Central Flyway, where tens of thousands of waterfowl congregate in winter.

            And now Colorado Parks and Wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation centers are being overwhelmed with cases of dying raptors.

            Mike Tincher, rehabilitation and research coordinator at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins, said in the past month, the center has seen 13 positive cases, with three pending testing results...


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              Bird flu found in Barr Lake hawk
              Avian outbreak suspected in death in flock of geese in Adams County
              Posted Sunday, January 8, 2023 12:54 pm
              Staff Report

              Adams County health officials are monitoring two incidents of dead wild birds, including one that tested positive for the Avian Influenza in Brighton.

              The county Health Department is asking for residents and property owners to notify state wildlife and veterinary officials of more than three dead birds on their property within two weeks or if they notice live birds acting unusually.

              They can contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at Barr Lake at (303) 659-6005, the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at (303) 869-9130 or the USDA-Veterinary Services Colorado Office at (303) 231-5385.

              A dead red-tailed hawk was collected and tested positive for the virus on Dec. 27 at Barr Lake State Park, according a written statement from Adams County.

              At the same time, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife alerted the county and the state health department that an entire flock of Canadian geese was discovered dead and frozen in a oil and gas pond in the southwest part of Adams County. Since the birds were frozen, health officials cannot confirm the virus is to blame but they do suspect it killed the birds.

              Based on these incidents, health and wildlife officials are assuming that there is an increase in Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, in the Adams County area. Rarely, some strains of HPAI can cause infection and illness in humans, they said in their statement, and the current H5N1 strain of HPAI poses a very low risk to the public at this time...


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                Avian Flu? Bird watchers report a high number of dead wild geese in Colorado Springs
                By: Bill Folsom
                Posted at 8:11 PM, Jan 12, 2023
                and last updated 10:11 PM, Jan 12, 2023

                ...During recent weeks she has been hearing from her birding allies about an unusual number of dead geese spotted in and around Colorado Springs.

                “A few members of our Audubon group have seen them at Big Johnson, Prospect Lake, the Air Force Academy.”

                Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers have taken reports about the dead birds.

                They have not yet confirmed that the issue is Avian Flu, but do say it is possible because they know it is in other parts of Colorado...


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                  Avian flu detected in Confluence Park
                  Staff Report Jan 13, 2023 Updated 1 hr ago

                  Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed among wild geese at Delta’s Confluence Park.

                  The City of Delta is alerting the public because some strains can infect people, although this is rare.

                  As basics, people need to avoid handling sick or dead birds and also should keep their distance from wildlife.

                  Confluence Park remains open for recreational use and is considered safe. Parks staff in delta are closely monitoring the situation.

                  Avian flu (H5N1) began showing up in wild bird populations across the state last year and also tore through some domestic flocks, including at Foster Farms, Montrose County. Foster Farms had to euthanize about 60,000 birds and engage in biohazard mitigation before repopulating the flock.

                  One person, an inmate at the Delta prison who had worked at Foster Farms, was positive for influenza AH5, although the state could not determine whether he was actually infected.

                  Last summer, too, a portion of Montrose County was placed under state quarantine because of the Foster Farms outbreak; this prohibited moving birds, eggs, hatching eggs, manure, feed, bodies, feathers and poultry equipment off-property. The outbreak also halted the poultry competitions for the Montrose County Fair and poultry shows at the state fair in 2022.

                  Avian flu has continued to strike Colorado flocks, with The Colorado Sun reporting almost 6.4 million poultry have died (either of the flu or because the flocks were culled in response), in addition to wild birds. The loss of that many poultry is also hammering market egg production, The Sun reports....


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                    What to know about the avian flu with two cases confirmed in Pueblo County
                    justin rutter
                    The Pueblo Chieftain
                    Jan 17, 2023

                    Avian flu has been confirmed in two species of birds in Pueblo County within the last month, according to data from the Colorado Department of Agriculture

                    Cases include a Canada goose, which tested positive for the disease on Jan. 10, and a great horned owl, which tested positive on Dec. 27. Both cases were confirmed in wild birds and no humans have been affected.

                    Colorado Parks and Wildlife Spokesmen Bill Vogrin said CPW does not count every case noted within a given county.

                    "Once we confirm that a species is infected with avian flu in a certain area, then we stop counting," he said. "We're not going to have counts for exactly how many birds. We know, for example, that 600 snow geese washed up in a reservoir in Lamar (County) in November, and the samples we sent in tested positive.".. .


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                      Uptick in avian flu cases in the Denver metro area
                      USDA data shows geese make up nearly half of all reported avian flu cases in Colorado
                      By: Danielle Kreutter
                      Posted at 9:51 AM, Feb 05, 2023
                      and last updated 12:19 PM, Feb 05, 2023

                      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — City officials in Englewood are the latest to warn residents to steer clear of dead birds as they're seeing an uptick in suspicious bird deaths that have been linked to an outbreak of avian flu.

                      Just last week, Denver officials sent out a similar warning about dead birds found in city parks.

                      According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there have been 162 reported cases of avian flu in Colorado so far. Nearly half of those are geese..


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                        City of Trinidad closes Central Park over Avian Flu concerns
                        By: Aidan Hulting
                        Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 08, 2023
                        and last updated 9:47 PM, Feb 08, 2023

                        TRINIDAD, CO — The City of Trinidad closed down Central Park and the pathways surrounding the park Tuesday.

                        The decision comes from multiple messages to the city regarding dead geese seen in the park pond. Due to the frozen pond, the geese will not be able to be collected until it thaws.

                        Colorado Parks and Wildlife is actively working on collecting the geese and testing for avian flu. CPW says they have found 4-5 dead geese in the pond at this time. ..


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                          Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza detected in Moffat County
                          News News | 58 min ago
                          Steamboat Pilot & Today staff report

                          The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has infected millions of wild birds and domesticated poultry across Colorado and the U.S., and now two cases have been detected in Moffat County.

                          According to Moffat County Public Health, one of the cases was discovered in a domestic bird and the other was detected in a wild bird...