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State seeking help of turkey hunters to detect avian bird flu

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MINNESOTA (KXLT) -- The state is enlisting wild turkey hunters to help them fight avian flu. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is turning to successful turkey hunters in five counties: Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns.
   
They will be taking samples from turkeys to determine if the highly pathogenic avian influenza is present in Minnesota wildlife. The program starts Monday.

Meantime, Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, have been talking by phone about the bird flu.
   
The department has sent nearly 60 staff members to Minnesota to help with the response.
   
Secretary Vilsack says the discovery of avian flu in our state's turkey flocks is a  priority for him, and the USDA.





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