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Avian Influenza in wild bird population

​Residents should be aware that as avian flu cases in wild birds continue to spread, so too will the likelihood of encountering a sick or deceased wild bird in the city.

In March this year, the Government of Alberta released an update from Dr. Keith Lehman, Chief Provincial Veterinarian, about the detection of the highly contagious respiratory virus of birds in the country.

Since March, the provincial risk level has been changed to red which indicates the virus had been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in at least 24 instances in Alberta, including commercial poultry operations, small flocks and wild birds. With the influx of high migratory wild bird activity, the level of infection in wild birds locally was also expected to increase.

What do I do if I find an injured or deceased bird at a City park?

While the City of Lethbridge is not able to assist with sick wildlife, residents can report any instances of sick, injured or deceased wild birds to Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative or report them to Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

Residents are reminded that you should not touch or feed wild birds. Residents can report deceased birds found in a City park to 311 so that crews can remove the animal for safe disposal.

What do I do if I find a deceased wild bird on my property?

Deceased or sick wildlife found outside City parks can be reported to Alberta Fish and Wildlife. Should residents encounter a deceased bird outside of a City park and wish to dispose of it, full personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn (rubber gloves and an N95 mask) and the bird should be double-bagged to be placed in the black residential waste carts. Any surface the deceased bird touches should be disinfected using alcohol, diluted bleach, or commercial disinfectants. 

For Public Inquiries:

Call 311 |  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.