Waterfowl Hunters and the Avian Flu: What You Need to Know

Frequently asked questions for duck and goose hunters regarding High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

The following talking points and materials are provided to help answer questions about the current outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in North America.

UPDATE:  USDA APHIS issues revised guidance on allowable conditions for importation of harvested game birds from Canada, effective August 3, 2023. Read full release HERE.

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What is Avian Flu?

How severe is Avian Flu?

What are the signs of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza?

Are there risks to humans from HPAI?

What should I do if I see a sick or dead bird?

Are there concerns for the dairy industry?

Are there concerns for the poultry industry?

How is Ducks Unlimited responding to HPAI?

Are there risks to my dog from HPAI?

Important Links

USDA APHIS Avian Influenza Website

USDA Hunters, Protect Your Poultry and Pet Birds from Avian Influenza

US Fish and Wildlife Service Avian Influenza Website

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Avian Influenza Website

US CDC Interim Recommendations for Prevention and Monitoring

Restrictions for Importing Harvested Wild Game Birds from Canada

USDA Import Restrictions for Animal Products

Avian Influenza Guidance and Restrictions in Canada

Media inquiries on DU's response to HPAI should be directed to the following individuals:

US: Dr. Michael "Mike" Brasher, Ducks Unlimited Inc. (mbrasher@ducks.org)

Canada: Dr. Matt Dyson (m_dyson@ducks.ca)

Mexico: Gabriela de la Fuente, Assistant Director, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (gdelafuente@dumac.org)