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Avian flu hits waterfowl around La Conner, Fir Island

Larry McCormick has been seeing a lot of dead birds.

"You drive around Best, Calhoun, Bradshaw, you see them," said the La Conner resident, an avid hunter. "At one farmer's field with goose decoys out, I picked up 14 dead geese. A guy I know counted 81 dead ducks in a ditch on Best Road. It's bad."

In a Dec. 8 release, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that it has retrieved more than 700 deceased birds of several species – primarily juvenile snow geese – from the Skagit Bay shoreline between Fir and Camano Islands. Samples from these birds are being tested for the H5N1 s...


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