A “highly pathogenic strain” of the bird flu virus is currently in circulation according to the Department of Agriculture.
The department was responding to reports of significant numbers of dead birds discovered around the State including dozens of seagulls observed on Sandymount Strand in recent days.
The strain AI H5N8, has been detected in 18 wild bird species across eight counties – Limerick, Monaghan, Wicklow, Mayo, Cork, Wexford, Louth and Kildare. Species affected include peregrine falcon, mute swan, curlew, whooper swan, cormorant and barnacle goose.
The department said it did receive reports of dead birds on Sandymount Strand but they had gone missing when staff went to investigate.
“However, when Department staff went to retrieve the birds for testing in the Department’s laboratories as part of this Avian Influenza surveillance programme, the carcasses were no longer in the reported location.”
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Mass gull deaths in the Lake VAN basin worried the people of the region. Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) Director of Wildlife Protection Center Prof. Dr. Lokman Aslan stated that the residents of the village should not be anxious and said, “After the pearl mullets return, the spawning season is over. The pearl mullet that the seagulls can reach is now impossible. For him, hunger due to not being able to find food, and death due to hunger are caused by stress.”
Seagulls that prefer non-human and non-human places during their breeding time, VanIt prefers the lake basin, especially the islands of Çarpanak and Adır.
The seagulls that arrive at Adır Island, also known as ‘Seagull Island’ at the beginning of March, lay their eggs here. Dead seagulls seen on the coastline in Adır District worried the people of the neighborhood.
On this, Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) Wild Animals Protection Center Director Prof. Dr. Lokman Aslan came to the area where gull deaths took place and conducted research. Taking samples from dead seagulls, Prof. Dr. Aslan said that there was nothing to worry the residents of the neighborhood.
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Residents walking along the Ottawa River this week were alarmed to discover dead and dying seagulls, in what appears to be the second rash of animal deaths cropping up on the shores of the Ottawa River this month.
Igor Bouga, an Ottawa resident, said he had only walked about 300 metres down the shore when he saw seven dead seagulls and “one small duck” lying by the water’s edge.
He was near Ottawa’s water filtration plant, in an area that he walks through frequently.
“It’s unusual,” he said. “I’ve never seen so many.”
There were living seagulls in the area, but many of them seemed to be moving slowly, possibly ill. Even when residents and a CTV News Ottawa camera crew moved close to the weakened seagulls, they did not spook and attempt to fly away, appearing too weak to do so. Video of the seagulls shows them hunkering close to the ground.
Only a few weeks earlier, hundreds of fish washed up dead in the east end of the Ottawa River. They are currently thought to have died in the Du Lievre River in western Quebec before flowing downstream and being discovered in the Ottawa River.
The two incidents are too geographically far away from each other to be related, according to Patrick Nadeau, the executive director of watershed protection group Ottawa Riverkeeper.
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