3 California Condors from southern Utah killed by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

UTAH — The California Condor population has had its ups and downs over the years since its reintroduction to the wild after going extinct in 1987. The battle back has been closely monitored over the years as the population continues to expand into more areas.

While lead poisoning has been a big problem, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has also reached the California Condor population living in southern Utah and northern Arizona. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) confirmed on April 7 that at least three of the birds have been killed by HPAI, with the potential for more being linked after further testing of other deceased birds.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of April 5, 2023, 6,525 wild birds and 58,645,211 poultry have tested positive across 47 states. Only one case of HPAI has been confirmed among humans.

The southern Utah population is managed by the Peregrine Fund. They ask that the public notify them at 585-747-5885 if any birds are spotted looking lethargic, uncoordinated, presenting dull or unresponsive looks, holding heads in an unusual position, and walking in circles.

For a complete list of other ways to help, see the FWS or CDC websites.


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