WASECA, Minnesota (FOX 9) – More than 100 Canada geese and 25 mallard ducks were found dead in a lake in Waseca on Sunday, the city confirmed in a Facebook post Wednesday.
The city of Waseca said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has responded to reports of several water birds found dead on Loon Lake. In addition to the more than 125 dead birds, “several hundred” geese continue to use the lake, the city said.
The DNR collected samples of the dead birds for diagnostic testing. The results are still pending. However, wildlife managers in the area suspect the disease caused the deaths of the birds, the city said. Even if it is not known if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or bird flu that’s what killed the birds.
Wildlife officials continue to monitor the situation at Loon Lake, the city said. Whether any new carcasses are harvested will depend on what diagnostic tests reveal, as well as guidance from the Wildlife Health Program and ice conditions on the lake, which is partially frozen.
DNR wildlife officials are recommending that anyone with pet birds (hens, turkeys or pet birds) avoid the area and the public is being asked to stay off the ice due to the current ice conditions, the city says.