North Carolina residents witnessed birds literally falling from the sky over the weekend. According to WITN the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary received multiple calls about the birds. The sanctuary, located in Onslow County, put out a statement on Facebook to alert the public as to what is going on. According to Possumwood, the cold weather increases the rate of spread of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus or Bird Flu in wild and domesticated birds. And as a result of the colder temperatures the bird flu is now spreading across North Carolina.
Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary has suspended bird rescues for the time being. They also alerted the public on what to do if they come across a deceased bird. This includes using masks and gloves to handle the animals and double bagging a deceased bird for disposal. While the agency focuses on rehabbing injured animals and releasing them back into the while the bird flu is not treatable. If brought to the sanctuary they will euthanize the birds if they are found to be infected with the virus.
WITN reports that there have been 176 bird flu cases reported thus far in North Carolina. However, there is most likely a significantly higher number of cases in the wild. Get more info on Possumood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary here.