- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming wildlife officials are asking the public to report dead sage grouse so they can be tested for West Nile virus.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1GWKnuU ) that during West Nile virus season the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will test dead grouse for the virus.

West Nile virus is often fatal for the bird and has been reported in northeast Wyoming.

Officials say if anyone is willing to collect grouse carcasses they might find, it is unlikely the virus will be passed while handling the bird. They suggest anyone willing uses plastic gloves and an inverted plastic bag to collect the carcass and then to place that bag inside a trash bag.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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