Wildlife Health Committee

Statement of Purpose

“To provide technical guidance to agency administrations through written documents; to foster communication between those interested in wildlife health issues in the West; and to aid in efficient management of wildlife health issues through regional coordination”.

Revised/Approved July 9, 2017

Feature Publication

Guidelines for health screening and handling of galliforms

Guidelines for health screening and handling of galliforms
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    July 1, 2019
Publication Details

Upland game birds are captured and relocated within and between jurisdictions to facilitate a variety of management goals. The movement of wildlife carries the risk of transportation of pathogens to novel environments or populations; as well as the potential for naïve animals contracting disease when exposed to novel pathogens after relocation. Disease surveillance is therefore an important component of all relocation projects.

This document is designed to provide guidelines for diagnostic testing procedures that can inform management decisions, while at the same time protecting the health of wild bird flocks as well as reducing the risk of pathogen transmission to domestic poultry flocks. Although these guidelines were developed primarily for use by jurisdictions affiliated with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), some may have broader application.  The gallinaceous species groups covered in this protocol are pheasants, grouse, quail, turkeys, prairie chickens and chukars.

A product of the WAFWA Wildlife Health Committee, July 2019.

Other Publications

Members List

Mike Miller, Chair
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Margo Pybus, Member
Alberta, Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch
Kimberlee Beckmen, Member
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Ann Justice-Allen, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Helen Schwantje, Member
British Columbia, Fish & Wildlife Branch
Brandon Munk, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Jeff Ver Steeg, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Mary Wood, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Toby Boudreau, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Shane Hesting, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Jennifer Ramsey, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Charlie Bahnson, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Will Inselman, Member
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Kerry Mower, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game &Fish
Brett Elkin, Member
Northwest Territories, Wildlife Division
Nate Lahue, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Tom Kirschenmann, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Steve Griffin, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Iga Stasiask, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Brett Elkin, Member
Northwest Territories, Wildlife Division
Nate Lahue, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Tom Kirschenmann, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Steve Griffin, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Iga Stasiask, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Jerry Shaw, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Colin Gillin, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Bob Dittmar, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Annette Roug, Member
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Kristin Mansfield, Member
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Samantha Allen, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Mary Vanderkop, Member
Yukon, Dept. of Environment