Official: Bird flu threat will not change hunting
BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no reason to modify upcoming bird-hunting seasons because of the threat of bird flu, the agency's director says.
"From a wildlife standpoint, I have no interest or any reason to talk about curtailing or modifying any kind of hunting programs, waterfowl season or anything like that," Dale Hall said at the annual conference of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. "We need to make sure our hunters are educated on proper sanitary techniques."
Hall said hunters should wear rubber gloves when cleaning birds, and cook the meat thoroughly.
"There may be sacrifices," he said. "I happen to be one who has always liked my duck a little rare rather than done."
Fish and Wildlife is monitoring birds in Alaska and will shift its monitoring efforts to the Pacific Flyway when waterfowl season opens, Hall said.
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