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Avian Influenza Takes Down Black Bear

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The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative recently reported the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus (H5N1 AIV) was found in the brain of a black bear.
This adult female black bear exhibited unusual behavior in June 2022 at Forillon National Park in the Gaspésie region, Quebec.
Parks Canada staff found the bear lying in a ditch, breathing shallowly and unresponsive to sound stimuli. Convulsions and spasms were also observed.
Due to its condition, the animal was anesthetized by Parks Canada employees and then euthanized for humanitarian reasons.