Several carcasses of dead birds were found on the shores of Rimouski.
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According to comments from residents, more than 20 dead birds were found on the shore.
However, it is very difficult to fully grasp the extent of the situation, since there has been no official count. The City of Rimouski assures us that it is in constant communication with the Department of Wildlife.
The current situation is reminiscent of the current situation in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Several carcasses were also found and analyzes show that the birds were infected with avian flu.
In Rimouski, it is impossible to make the link until the results of the analyzes are known. These are expected early next week.
In the Magdalen Islands, residents will have to be patient before the carcasses are removed. The municipality and the government are about to reach an agreement.
It should be noted that the Islands do not have the infrastructure to properly dispose of birds.
According to Mayor Jonathan Lapierre, the first carcasses should not be removed until next week, or even in two weeks.
“You have to find a company, sign a contract with it, specifies the mayor. The company must mobilize its equipment, its employees, and then the collection operation could start next week or at the beginning of the other week, ”he explained.
Experts stress the importance of not touching the carcasses, to avoid developing an infection.