Vigo County residents can resume feeding birds per Indiana DNR


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INDIANA (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announces that most people can resume feeding birds amid the spread of a deadly songbird disease.

Vigo is among one of the 76 counties that can resume bird feeding. People are just asked to thoroughly clean bird feeders either once a week or every two weeks.

Residents in 16 counties are asked to keep feeders down while the investigation into what is killing songbirds continues.

DNR biologists believe there to be more than 500 cases in 72 counties that involve a very specific set of clinical signs (crusty eyes, eye discharge, and/or neurological issues). Based on the data, it appears that the bird illness is consistently affecting specific areas.

There is no imminent threat to people, the population of specific bird species, or to the overall population of birds in Indiana.

DNR recommends that residents of the following counties continue to refrain from feeding birds: Allen, Carroll, Clark, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Lake, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Porter, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Whitley.

DNR recommended the statewide moratorium on bird feeding on June 25 to slow the spread of a still-undetermined illness that is killing birds across the state. More than 3,400 reports of sick or dead birds came to Indiana DNR.

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