By Sigrid Olson

Avian influenza impacts Blackfoot Watershed


April 28, 2022

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

These domestic Pekin and Campbells ducks resting in their enclosure in the Potomac Valley. Normally they are free to roam on the family ranch and swim in the creek and the pond. However, due to the outbreak of HPAI they are not allowed out of their enclosure to prevent them from being in direct contact with wild waterfowl. The netting over the top prevents unwelcome visitors. The owner has different water stimulations in their run to allow them to puddle and 'just be ducks.'

POTOMAC - The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in domestic birds in the Potomac Valley the week of April 18. The entire flock on the property was destroyed. 

While wild birds with HPAI may not appear sick, it causes high mortality in poultry and game birds. There is no treatment or vaccine for animals. By press Tuesday at 10am, the Department of Livestock reported infections in flocks of domestic poultry in Glacier, Judith Basin, Cascade and Toole Counties.

According to the Department of Livestock (DOL), HPAI is a viral disease of chickens, turkeys, pheasants, q...

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