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Cases of West Nile surface in popular game bird

According to the D-N-R the virus was detected in three of 16 ruffed grouse that were found sick or dead in Wisconsin from October through December of 2018.

It’s not clear through the data at this time where, exactly, these grouse were discovered.

This was just the first round of testing.

2-hundred-38 harvested grouse samples remain untested.

It’s part of the first year. of a three year study conducted on ruffed grouse across Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

Anyone who finds a sick or dead ruffed grouse is encouraged to contact the D-N-R wildlife management.

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Reece Lindquist

MMJ/ Producer

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