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    Multiple cases of bird flu reported in Finney County
    By KWCH Staff
    Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 2:18 PM EST|Updated: 3 hours ago

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - There are multiple cases of avian influenza (“bird flu”) circulating in Finney County and surrounding counties, the Garden City Police Department reported on Tuesday.

    GCPD said it had been notified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks (KDWP)....

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    Bird flu killing geese in western Kansas
    by: Stephanie Nutt
    Posted: Nov 30, 2022 / 05:02 PM CST
    Updated: Dec 1, 2022 / 06:29 AM CST

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is stating they are getting reports of geese whose causes of death have been related to the bird flu.

    This comes a day after the Garden City Police Department reported that the bird flu is circulating in Finney County and the surrounding areas.

    The HCSO says they have been notified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks (KDWP) that there are multiple cases of bird flu circulating in surrounding counties...


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      Sedgwick County Zoo closes bird exhibits due to avian flu
      By Matt Heilman
      Published: Nov. 13, 2023 at 5:50 PM EST|Updated: 23 hours ago

      WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Sedgwick County Zoo confirmed a viral infection in a dead duck found on its grounds is prompting the facility to keep several of its animals out of the public eye, at least temporarily. The duck tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as “bird flu” a viral infection that occurs naturally in birds.

      The Sedgwick County Zoo said wild birds can carry the virus but don’t always get sick from it. It can be worse, often fatal for domesticated birds like chickens, ducks and turkeys.​..


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        Avian flu blamed for deaths of more than 1,000 snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms
        By Austin Morton and Matt Heilman
        Published: Dec. 19, 2023 at 7:19 PM EST|Updated: 14 minutes ago

        BARTON COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - Testing revealed more than 1,000 migrating snow geese have died of avian influenza at wetlands in central Kansas. Wildlife officials want to bring awareness to protect other birds at Cheyenne Bottoms where dead geese line the shores of its pools.

        While the avian flu impact raises alarm, compared with the overall population at the wetlands, the impacted snow goose population is a small portion.

        “Here at the Bottoms, we’ve estimated about 1,200, maybe 1,500 at-most snow geese have died. And again, that’s a pretty low percentage of the actual number of birds we have on the property,” said Kansas Wildlife and Parks Manager Jason Wagner.

        Wagner said about 4,00,000 snow geese are at the Bottoms and there are many more throughout the state of Kansas.

        “It’s kind of scattered, any place with a large concentration of snow geese is kind of where we’ve been noticing the die-off,” he said.​..