Avian Flu Spike in Colorado
Recently, residents of Lyons have reported the deaths of geese near the McConnell Ponds. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has confirmed that Lyons could be experiencing an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Town staff has notified Boulder County Health Dept, Colorado Health Dept and the Colorado Dept of Agriculture. The State agencies are dealing with a severe outbreak impacting Weld, Morgan and Logan Counties in eastern Colorado.
It is difficult to see the death of wildlife. CPW has let us know that it will likely impact wildlife species including swans, gulls, geese, grebes, pelicans, raptors, vultures, cranes, and some species of ducks. Staff is monitoring the impacts near the ponds.
For those interested, we have useful links in information in two documents - one with information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and another with information compiled from the State Department of Agriculture.