Avian flu could impact the Minnesota turkey season.
With turkey season in full swing around the country, eight more cases of avian flu have been reported in Minnesota. This brings the total to 22 farms that have been impacted.
While the wild turkey population has not been effected, the Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to use extra caution with harvests this season or any birds found while in the field.
“Birds that are harvested near infected areas will be tested for the virus. We’re advising all turkey hunters to take standard safety procedures,” Commissioner of the Minnesota DNR, Tom Landwehr said.
The DNR is also asking that any sick or dead birds found by hunters to be reported.