West Nile Virus found in ruffed grouse last year

The Minnesota DNR says while West Nile virus has been present in samples of ruffed grouse tested, the exposed can survive.

According to a release, of the 273 samples from grouse harvested by hunters in the state last year, 12 and a half percent had antibodies consistent with West Nile exposure that were confirmed in almost 4 percent of samples and likely in almost 9 percent.

The virus was not present in any ruffed grouse hearts, meaning the birds weren’t sick when harvested.

Grouse project leader Charlotte Roy says the study “doesn’t tell us about birds that may have died from the disease over the summer.”

Sample collection is continuing for the 2019 grouse hunting season, and hunters can voluntarily submit samples of blood and hearts, with collection kits available at DNR area wildlife offices.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

'West Nile Virus found in ruffed grouse last year' has no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

© 2020 HBI Radio Bemidji, LLC d/b/a Paul Bunyan Broadcasting 502 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area