Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, has been confirmed in deceased Canada geese that were found recently in the City of Kingston. 

To help protect the health and safety of residents and pets, Loyalist Township is providing the following information. 

Avoid handling sick or dead birds 

Members of the public should not handle sick or dead wild birds, as they could be infected with diseases that can spread to humans. Pets should also be kept away from sick or dead wildlife. 

If handling sick or dead wild birds is unavoidable, wear personal protective equipment or use a doubled plastic bag and avoid contact with blood, body fluids and feces. You should then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer. 

Reporting sick or dead birds 

If you discover sick, injured, or dead wild birds, please file a report with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), by phone at 1-866-673-4781 or online. 

Reporting sick or dead wild animals to the CWHC helps them monitor diseases in wildlife and keep Ontario’s wildlife healthy. 

Birds in distress can also be reported to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre at (613) 354-0264. 

If you find a dead bird on your property, KFL&A Public Health recommends burying them (minimum one metre deep). If you’re unable to bury them, residents are advised to double bag the dead bird and to contact the Township through our Report a Concern form. A Township staff member will then follow up with further disposal instructions. 

Protecting your pets 

To keep your pet safe, it is recommended that you 

  • Keep animals away from any waterfowl or fecal matter 
  • Do not feed or otherwise interact with the waterfowl 
  • Keep cats indoors 
  • Keep dogs on a leash (as required under the municipal by-law)