Continuous deaths of crows have left the government and the administration of the state in serious concern. On Monday, 110 birds were killed across the state, including 104 crows, 5 herons and a peacock. It is feared that these deaths are due to bird flu.
The government is on full alert about the suspicious death of avians happening in the state. An expert team has been constituted by the Animal Husbandry Department and the forest department to monitor the situation. Along with this, a team of experts has been sent to Kota, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Ajmer divisions. Soon the expert team will also visit Sambhar Lake once a week to monitor the death of migratory birds in Sambhar Lake last year.
The department has also issued a contact number 0141-2374617 for giving information regarding this situation in the control room. Besides, a directory has been issued to all district officials, health department, forest department, and concerned departments on 30 December 2020 for mutual coordination.
According to experts, the death of crows is said to be due to bird flu. Most of the deaths are reported from Jodhpur and Kota regions. Along with crows, some pigeons have also died in these regions. The department has made a state-level control room for effective monitoring of the deteriorating circumstances of the avian deaths.
Within the last 24 hours, 24 birds are killed in Sawai Madhopur, 12 in Baran, 11 in Bikaner, 13 in Jhalawar, 4 in Dausa, 24 in Kota, 4 in Dausa, 36 in Jaipur and Jodhpur, one in Sikar, while a peacock in Alwar.
The Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Kunji Lal Meena, said, “The virus is dangerous and essential guidelines have been issued. All field officers and poultry farm owners have been asked to remain attentive. Active monitoring is ensured at all regions, especially near water bodies, and mainly at Sambhar Lake and Kaila Devi bird sanctuary.”
Additional Director Bhawani Rathore said the crow deaths were reported on December 25 from Jhalawar. More than 75 samples were sent to Bhopal at the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) and the bird flu virus was detected.
“It is not a terrible condition till now, but we are being attentive towards confirming that this influenza virus does not reach other animals. The guidelines are being obeyed and dead avians are buried as per directions,” he added.