The Transylvania Times -

Wildlife Commission Requests Grouse Hunter Assistance


October 8, 2018

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking assistance from grouse hunters this hunting season with West Nile Virus Disease sampling and Avid Hunter Surveys.

New this season, grouse hunters are asked to submit samples (blood and feathers) from their harvested birds to test for West Nile Virus.

Recent research suggests that ruffed grouse are routinely exposed to West Nile Virus, and it appears this exposure could cause declines in ruffed grouse populations.

This project is part of a much larger surveillance effort that is being conducted by other state wildlife agencies through...

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