Avoid contact with sick or dead wild birds; Report to WDFW
June 8, 2022 Update
Due to Avian Flu in Wild Birds, Avoid Sick or Dead Wild Birds
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are asking the public to avoid contact with wild birds, especially sick or dead wild birds or their young. An outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is impacting wild birds including Canada geese, snow geese, bald eagles, and other raptors. If you encounter sick or dead wild birds, alert WDFW using the agency’s reporting tool.
Here is how to report both wild and domestic sick and dead birds:
- Use an online form to report sick/dead wild birds suspected of avian influenza to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
- Report sick/dead domestic birds to Washington State Department of Agriculture's Avian Health Program: 1-800-606-3056 or visit Avian Influenza | Washington State Department of Agriculture for more information about how to protect backyard flocks.
The full DOH/WDFW press release can be found here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Reported Human Infections with Avian Influenza A Viruses | Avian Influenza (Flu) (cdc.gov)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Avian influenza (bird flu) | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife