The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is currently conducting research into the avian flu that has begun to affect wild turkey populations.
As more cases of lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV), or avian flu, surface across wild turkeys in the United States the North Carolina Wildlife Commission is calling on hunters to help with research.
What the Wildlife Commission is asking for is simply for hunters to send in the legs of any wild turkeys you harvest this spring. Researchers will then use the legs to study the turkeys and see what they can find out about this avian flu.
All you have to do to help is to cut off the legs of the freshly harvested turkey, below where the feathers start, and put them in the freezer. The Wildlife Commission says that it is fine for you to cut off the spurs of the gobblers if you want to keep them.
After you have the legs in the freezer you can call a hotline where you will be directed to either mail the samples or you can arrange for local Wildlife Commission staff to pick them up from you.
The agency hopes to gather samples from 500 hunters in North Carolina to determine the prevalence of avian flu as well as start working to fight the spread of the disease in the future.
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