SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As fall’s waterfowl season takes flight, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) warns hunters of potential encounters with the deadly avian influenza, or HPAI.
Last detected in wild Canada geese this March, the resurgence during the migration season has put IDNR on high alert. They’re urging the public to report clusters of 20 or more dead birds.
For safety, hunters should heat game meat to 165°F and avoid handling or letting pets near sick or deceased waterfowl. Safety guidelines, including the use of gloves and masks during disposal, can be found online here.