3 states join in ruffed grouse West Nile Virus sampling

In collaboration with the Michigan and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the Wisconsin DNR has undertaken a study to improve our understanding of West Nile virus in ruffed grouse.
The study relies on samples submitted by hunters. Those wishing to participate are asked send in a small amount of blood, feathers and the heart from the ruffed grouse they harvest. The DNR also encourages the public to report any sick or dead grouse observed while out in the field.
Visit the DNR’s ruffed grouse hunting page and look under the “Disease sampling” tab to watch a video on how the agencies process samples received from the public.
Each sample bolsters the available data and provides a better understanding of the prevalence of exposure to West Nile Virus in ruffed grouse.
Members of the public should contact their local wildlife biologist to report sick or dead bird observations.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR