I know that bird flu is all over the news, and that it is an extremely legitimate concern. However, with this big front page article, I think that the Tribune is scaremongering.
The fowl that migrate from the flyways in the Bering straits are constantly monitored. NONE of these birds have exhibited symptoms of the bird flu. The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks has also announced that it does not foresee a problem with hunting fowl this year. In fact, it appears that a FWP release, entitled "Avian Flu No Cause For Alarm For Waterfowl Hunters" is the source of the Trib's story, which they retitled "State wary of Freezout Lake geese". From that source they wrote this story?
The FWP, and the Tribune did recommend some common sense steps that are a good idea whenever you hunt fowl. These steps are good advice:
- Do not handle dead birds or birds that appear sick
- Wear disposable gloves when dressing game birds and waterfowl
- Don’t eat, drink or smoke while handling game
- Wash hands with soap and water, and clean surfaces that come in contact with game
- Cook game meat thoroughly
- Properly dispose of remains of field-dressed birds