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Maine hunters to be on lookout for diseased birds

April 24, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are asking hunters to be on the lookout for unsightly lesions on turkeys when turkey hunting season begins next week.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says several cases of a sickness known as lymphoproliferative disease virus, or LPDV, have been reported in Maine since the first case was confirmed a year ago.

The virus causes minor to extreme lesions on a turkey’s head and legs and is thought to be spread by mosquitoes or direct contact. The virus doesn’t pose a health risk to humans, but hunters that come across diseased birds should contact a wildlife biologist or game warden.

Maine’s spring turkey hunt begins on Monday and runs through June 1.

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