HPAI confirmed in 10 California condors in Arizona-Utah flock

US Fish & Wildlife Service providing supportive care for four
calendar icon 20 April 2023
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Free-flying California condors in Arizona continue to be confirmed with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), according to a press release from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. In full transparency, the Service has decided to disclose and report all deceased condors in the Southwest Flock found on or after March 30, 2023, prior to necropsy and preliminary testing. As results are confirmed at the US Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory, we will report them as "confirmed HPAI."

As of April 17, 2023, 20 condors have died in the Arizona-Utah flock. HPAI has been confirmed for 10 of those condors. Eight birds were captured and brought in for supportive care. Four of those condors died shortly thereafter and are included in the total of 20 deceased birds. Four condors are still receiving supportive care and have shown improvement.

In December 2022 the California condor population totalled 537. Of those, 336 lived in the wild.

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