Avian flu: expanded control zone in the Somme until July 15

In recent weeks, the threat of avian flu still hangs over several departments but it is in the northwest of the country that the anxieties are the greatest. In the department of Pas-de-Calais, several birds affected by the Avian Influenza virus have forced the authorities to resume drastic measures and a temporary control zone has been set up in a number of municipalities.

The discovery of a dead Gull which had been contaminated by Avian Influenza in the town of Crotoy also resulted in the creation and expansion of a ZCT to more than ten towns in the Somme:

  • Ault,
  • Brutes,
  • Cayeux-sur-Mer,
  • Favieres,
  • Fort-Mahon-Plage,
  • Lancheres,
  • Hanged,
  • Le Crotoy,
  • Seas-les-Bains,
  • When,
  • Street,
  • Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont,
  • Saint-Quentin-la-Motte,
  • Saint-Valery-sur-Somme,
  • Woignarue.

The decision to maintain the Temporary Control Zone until July 15 was taken by the prefecture.

These events are of great concern to waterfowl hunters who hunt in particular on the DPM and for whom the opening should be on August 6th. If the presence of avian flu continues to be observed in the Somme between now and the opening of the hunt, this could complicate the movements of callers as well as the hunting actions themselves.

The Fédération des chasseurs de la Somme is following the case closely and a press release was published at the beginning of the month.


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