seems reports coming from Russia are rather contradictory.
MOSCOW, March 7 (Itar-Tass) – There will be no shooting of migratory
birds in Russia as a measure to ward off avian flu, the general
director of the Center for Wildlife Protection said at a news
conference on Tuesday referring to instructions by the
Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog.
“If we shoot off birds, we shall trigger an unpredictable scenario
of the epidemic with our own hands,” Alexei Zimenko said. “Birds
will start looking for quieter areas, while dead or wounded birds
will be a pray of predators and crows,” he added. This will only
contribute to the spread of the epidemic, the specialist emphasized.
Besides, the shooting operation would be very costly, he said.
The president of the Russian Union for Bird Protection, Viktor
Zubakin, told the news conference that “ornithologists advise not to
open a wild fowl hunting season this year”. “One can contract the
virus when disjointing fowl,” he stressed.
According to the Ministry for Emergency Situations, about 1.5 million
domestic birds have already died of bird flu in Russia. Alone 752,000
of them have died in February and early in March. A mass arrival of
migratory birds is expected later.