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The message about the found dead birds began to arrive to the hunters on March 7. Dozens of corpses crows, starlings, pheasants and partridges found in the landings.

Local residents also reported that they find dead animals – foxes and dogs. As established by the members of the Azov Primary Hunting Group, the corpses of animals are located near fields planted with rapeseed.

It is suspected that the green grain of wheat used for rodent control has become a poison for animals.

“We traveled only one landing and found dead foxes, crows, partridges, buzzards and starlings. By the way, buzzards and starlings are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine. We also found many plague birds, that is, those who died and could no longer fly,” said the head of the team Roman Serdyayev.

Militiamen recorded the fact of poisoning of birds and animals, found a grain of green color, which was removed from the scene, and also received a statement from the hunters.

Dead animals and birds were found in the fields leased by Primorsky LLC and not only in Kirillovka, but also in other territories of the Akimov district. Veterinary experts are already conducting their own investigation.

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700 pheasants dead due to disease in Ourimbah, Australia

The deaths of more than 700 ring neck pheasants from botulism, at an Ourimbah property, have prompted a warning from biosecurity experts to report unusual symptoms and behaviour in domestic poultry.
Greater Sydney Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Dr Aziz Chowdhury, said botulism was a rare condition caused by a toxin found in the environment, often spread by wild birds, rotting carcasses or other contaminated material. “It is characterised in poultry by paralysis of the neck and limbs, and generally impacts multiple birds very quickly,” he said. Dr Chowdhury praised the vigilance of the affected landholders, Dermott and Marion Devlin, who reported the deaths immediately.
“The couple reported the sudden mortalities to us immediately, so we were able to carry out the necessary testing and limit the impact on their flock, as well as the risk to neighbouring properties in the area,” he said. Dr Chowdhury encouraged other poultry and stock owners to report unusual signs, symptoms and sudden deaths immediately. “Time is of the essence when it comes to reporting stock sickness, and we are here to help landholders when it comes to protecting their stock, and potentially their land, from the impact of the disease,” he said.
Mr Devlin said they were committed to running a responsible farming operation. “We don’t want to impact on other landholders or our agricultural markets by cutting corners,” he said. “Dr Chowdhury and his team have been extremely professional and helped us understand what we needed to do to reduce the risk to our other animals, our land and our neighbours.”
Botulism is best prevented by removing dead birds daily, removing the source of the toxin, supplying clean feed and water, and preventing wild bird access to the feeder and water, keeping birds away from stagnant or pooled water, and providing feed in containers and not on the ground. Sick birds should be isolated and provided with food and water.
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10,000+ pheasants to be killed due to bird flu in Lancashire, UK

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A second outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in Lancashire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.
The H5N8 avian flu strain was confirmed in a flock of about 1,000 pheasants at a premises in Pilling, Preston, by the UK’s deputy chief veterinary officer, Graeme Cooke.
Defra said there was a business link between the site and a nearby farm where the infection was found in a flock of about 10,000 pheasants earlier this week.
A 3km (1.8 mile) protection zone and a 10km (6.2 mile) surveillance zone had been put in place around both infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
A Defra spokesman said: “This case was proactively identified as part of a routine investigation of premises traced as a result of confirmation of the disease in Lancashire earlier this week. There is a business link between the two premises.”
A number of the birds in the latest case had died and the others would be culled humanely.
Public Health England has advised that the risk to public health from the virus is very low, and the Food Standards Agency made clear that bird flu did not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
On 16 January, Defra confirmed a case of bird flu in a flock of about 6,000 turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire.
Earlier in the month, the strain was discovered in two small backyard flocks of chickens and ducks on a premises near Settle, in North Yorkshire, and Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales.
An avian influenza prevention zone was declared on 6 December and would remain in place until February 28. It required owners to keep poultry and captive birds indoors or to take steps to separate them from wild birds.
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5,000 Birds to be killed due to avian flu in Washington State, USA

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Government agriculture officials will kill up to 5,000 ducks, geese, chickens, pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington’s Okanogan county.
About 40 birds at a game farm in Riverside, Washington, were ill over the weekend and tested positive for bird flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Washington announced it would kill birds from the flock and establish a quarantine around it.
The birds are used for private hunting excursions and retriever training. The flock represents the largest number of birds the state has had to test and possibly kill during 2015 bird flu outbreaks.
Washington state has now lifted a quarantine in the Tri-Cities but one in Port Angeles remains. No new cases have been found in either location.
An outbreak in California led to 146,000 turkeys being killed at a commercial operation. Several countries including China have banned poultry and eggs from the United States.
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