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Cancelation of 2023 Canada Goose round up statewide due to High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Last year, the Canada Goose Round Up Program was cancelled because of the detection of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds in the state. The disease has continued to persist in wild birds and mammals throughout the state and there continues to be cases in backyard poultry flocks. Avian influenza is a virus that can infect wild birds and both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.

With HPAI still present in the state, it presents a clear and important threat to wildlife and domestic poultry facilities. The DNR is cancelling the Canada Goose Round Up Program for 2023 because of the risk of transporting HPAI around the state with the relocation of Canada geese. With continued disease concerns, the DNR is considering permanent changes to programs that include the capture and relocation of wild birds.

USDA Wildlife Services will be notifying Canada Goose Round Up and Relocation participants of this cancellation. Any Round Up (Capture) and Hold Canada Geese Permit Applications and associated fees that have already been submitted will not be processed. The DNR continues to encourage Canada goose nest and egg destruction to resolve conflicts and there is no charge for permits for this activity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to consider the risk to people from HPAI viruses to be low. The DNR continues to work closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Veterinary Services (USDA, VS) and Wildlife Services (USDA, WS); and Michigan State University to monitor the health of poultry, livestock, wildlife and residents in Michigan. If you notice the death of three or more wild birds, please report it to DNR through the Eyes in Field App or at 517-336-5030.

We apologize for this continued inconvenience.

For more information, go to www.Michigan.gov/AvianInfluenza or www.Michigan.gov/AvianDiseases.


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