A team of veterinary doctors and experts culled more than 600 ducks and 66 chickens on Sunday following confirmation of bird flu (H5N1) in the city.
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A Calgary couple who frequent a southeast park say they’re mystified after discovering dozens of dead birds while on a walk.
Wayne Clarke and his partner Heather said they came across the dead animals last week at Elliston Park, at the intersection of 68 Street and 17 Avenue S.E. Each time they returned over the week, they said more dead animals appeared.
The couple said they’re worried for families who walk through the park — especially those with young children.
“I’m disgusted because it hasn’t been cleaned up,” Clarke said. “This is a public park. People bring their children — for a child to see this, it’s not a good thing.”
Clarke and Hicks said they’re also concerned for the other animals that may have been feeding on the carcasses, worried the ducks may have been carrying a disease or virus.
“We see little footprints of different animals coming down here. I don’t want them to get sick and then we have a problem,” Hicks said.
Alberta Environment and Parks said Wednesday it had launched an investigation into why so many birds perished.
According to senior wildlife biologist Brett Boukall, there could be a variety of reasons for their deaths, and officials are looking at factors like starvation, extreme exposure to elements and/or diseases.
Boukall said as the temperatures drop, open water areas – like the pond at Elliston Park – may be reduced, which can lead to overcrowding.
“When we do see this overcrowding, they might not be able to feed effectively, they might not be able to protect them from the elements,” Boukall said Wednesday. “And it’s possible that if one of them is carrying a disease, it can spread more quickly when they’re in a tighter group in a smaller area.”
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The dead ducks in several places on the banks of the Quenamari lagoon, in the Itocta Commune of the city. | DANIEL JAMES
Quenamari lagoon was full of herons, ducks of different species and flamingos. However, the picture changed drastically. Now, you have a mirror of water with more than 20 dead ducks, either on the banks, floating or being devoured by dogs.
Los Tiempos made a tour of almost half a lagoon in the southwest sector. It identified 18 ducks and other dead birds. Some were with the skeleton discovered, while others had the appearance of having only a few hours without life.
In addition, there were birds watered by the dry sectors. Also, it was noticed the presence of several packs that had in their snouts some of these to eat them.
The ornithologist Dennis Camacho explained that, in the visit they made with a group of biologists, they identified more than 20 ducks of three species, dead, in addition to other birds such as waterbirds.
“It’s a high death toll. It is not normal. These birds feed on algae and microinvertebrates that live in the water. It’s possible that it’s something in the water, “Camacho explained.
The specialist indicated that they could not take any dead duck, because the people of the area were quite reluctant with their presence. However, they moved an agonizing duck to Agroflori to be treated.
On the other hand, one of those in charge of Agroflori, Soledad Vargas, explained that the duck arrived with diarrhea. In addition, it had affectations by an apparent fall.
They also received several messages from people who pointed out the presence of ducks that fell in their homes. All of them were sent to the Forestry and Environmental Police (Pofoma) for their rescue and delivery to the Government.
However, it is also the Mayor’s task to do a toxicological examination to determine the cause of death of the ducks. A similar situation was experienced years ago in the Alalay lagoon and the municipality was responsible.
The panorama of the lagoon became bleak. There is almost no life. The water has algae and totorales without any type of management. It is in abandonment.
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An H5N1 bird flu outbreak has hit Vietnam’s southern Long An province, killing thousands of chicken and ducks in the Long Son commune, Can Duoc district.
According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the H5N1 virus hit the farms owned by two families in the commune. One of the families lost about 3,600 ducks.
Local government agencies had to cull sick birds, as well as isolate and disinfect areas hit by the disease, tighten control of fowl transport in the affected areas and intensify bird flu vaccination.
Vietnam, however, has no report of new human cases of H5N1 infection since 2014, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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Bird flu scare continues to persist in Bihar as 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block in Patna district in the last 24 hours.
More than 2,000 birds, including chicken and ducks have been culled in a village at Munger after tests confirmed H5N1 virus.
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The continuing heat wave has claimed the lives of millions of livestock across the country.
Nonghyup Property and Casualty Insurance said that, as of Wednesday, it had received reports of the deaths of three-million-232-thousand livestock due to the hot weather this year resulting in an estimated total loss of 17-point-three billion won.
They include three-million chickens, 176-thousand ducks and 14-thousand pigs.
An official of the insurer said two-point-19 million livestock, or about two thirds of the affected animals, died during a two-week period following the onset of the heat wave on July eleventh.
Farms in North Jeolla Province were hit hardest, reporting the deaths of 881-thousand livestock, followed by South Chungcheong at 593-thousand and South Jeolla at 545-thousand.
Around 95 percent of the farmhouses across the country are subscribing to the animal disaster insurance policy from Nonghyup or the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation.
The central government covers 50 percent of the insurance premiums, while local governments can provide additional financial assistance to the policy’s subscribers.
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