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Confirmation of West Niles in Mi Grouse

Discussion in 'Upland Game hunting, Dogs and dog training' started by Timber, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Timber

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    This is not good news, with all the rain this past summer mosquito populations were high and were able to spread WNV to a large area of habitats where grouse call home. WNV trumps good habitat and could be devastating to the grouse.
     
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    Well I'm just hoping for the best next year. I'm going everyday and I'm going be out with my dogs in the woods regardless, because I love it I will make the best of it. If it's really bad I may head west to target some Huns and Sharptails.

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  4. dauber

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    WNV has been around for long time. The article says it was identified in 2002. I helped collect dead birds I came across soil mapping back in the early/mid 2000’s in Luce and Schoolcraft counties. We brought in numerous crows and ravens along with some smaller birds. There certainly isn’t a shortage of crows around here. I am sure grouse didn’t just become susceptible to WNV in 2017, they have been getting it for a long time. WNV hasn’t killed off humans, crows, ravens, ducks, blue jays or starlings in the last 15 years. It is something to monitor, but if the habitat is there grouse will survive just fine.
     
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    Nice! Excellent commentary. Good to see the " the sky is not falling".
     
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    Awesome thanks for sharing.

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    The weak die and the strong survive. This is part of evolution. The survivors breed the good gene.Mosquitoes have been doing this for millions of years.Yet the wildlife is still here.The battle for life
     
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    Agree. The strong with the disease even survive. The problem is they can't reproduce.
     
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    I say cut all the tree's down and make room for Hun's and Sharptail, since all the ruffs are gonna die anyway.
     
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    Ya, they haven’t been able to reproduce since 2002 or so. Most all that are left are 15 years old. Heck I shot one this fall with wooden teeth!
     
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    Wildlife always finds a way or they wouldn't be here right now.
     
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    Thank you for sharing. It sounds like one thing we can do to play a small part in potentially helping out with the research is to turn in dead birds to the DNR. I'll definitely be keeping that in mind.
     
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    Is the whole bird needed to do the testing?? Is it OK to eat a bird that has WNV??
     
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    Cook it to a 170 to 180 degrees I read.And yes you can keep the breast meat and give them the carcass