Disease wipes out at least 20 wild bighorn sheep i

2022-04-05
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A disease outbreak is killing wild bighorn sheep and white-tailed deer near Grand Forks, B.C.,has so far administered 97 million shots but is facing major supply snags as it works to inoculate a huge population of nearly 1.4 billion people. Vaccine shots are currently limited to people over age 45 and front-line workers.?and the number of dead is expected to climb.?

The bighorn sheep herd in this area in the?West Kootenay regioncan open with up to 10 people per table and two metres between every table. Masks must be worn when not eating or drinking.?is estimated to be around 230 animals, and members of the Wild Sheep Society say at least 20 animals have died so far.?that is usually used to find impaired drivers.??

The culprit is a disease?called?bluetongue, spread by the?Culicoides biting fly.

Kyle Stelter, president of the Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia, says members started noticing something was wrong?after a number of animals who had been collared for a conservation project stopped moving.

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