CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1rvCxVm ) the grouse have a low resistance to the disease, which is usually fatal, and the tests by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are aimed at monitoring the effect of the disease across the state.
Officials say the carcasses should be reported or placed in two tied plastic bags and delivered to a Game and Fish office. Obvious road kills should not be reported.
The Wyoming Department of Health says the only evidence of West Nile virus in the state was from one sample of mosquitoes collected in Goshen County.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com