First bird flu cases in wildfowl reported in Los Angeles County this year
1.7.18 (Updated April 13, 2020)
The number of wildfowl in the Los Angeles, Ventura County, and Orange County area is at its lowest ebb since 2011. The last time this many bird flu cases were recorded in a county was in the fall of 2013. With the exception of the birds, the population was already in decline. But wildfowl are not the only birds with problems – ducks are also endangered.
There have been over 15,000 recorded wildfowl deaths in the Los Angeles metro areas since 2000, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). In total, there have been 1,838 animal deaths to wildfowl this year due to bird flu since 2013 (an increase of over 150% from last year).
The number of wildfowl deaths in the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties area has now surpassed the 2,000 mark.
Wildfowl in LA County is being hit hard by the current outbreak of bird flu. The birds that have died include:
1.) Snowy Plovers
The first recorded case of bird flu in the Los Angeles area was in the fall of 2013 following the bird’s death in 2011. The dead Snowy Plover was found in a tree in Lakewood. The bird was found to have died of a virus known as H5N2. It is believed that the dead Snowy Plover was infected by a wildfowl on land. By mid-December 2013, there were an estimated 2,600 dead birds all over the region. By early January 2014, there were 1,900 dead bird cases in the area. In October 2015, more than 1,000 dead birds were found in a local park in Westlake.
2.) Ruffed Grouse
On January 1, 2015, there were an estimated 1,500 birds in the Los Angeles area which have died from the H5N2 strain. The birds were found to have all tested positive for the H5N2 strain. In September, there were 1,350 dead birds in the southern portion of the