Residents of the Lower St. Lawrence do not hide their concern over the discovery of hundreds of seabird carcasses in their area along the river, while the first cases of bird flu have just been confirmed.
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Between Trois-Pistoles and Rivière-du-Loup, the 10 birds examined, down eiders and gulls, tested positive for bird flu.
The 840 sea ducks and 200 dead gulls were mostly found on White Island.
Further east, still along the river, at Rimouski, about thirty carcasses were found on strike. The results of the analysis confirm that this is a case of bird flu, the ministry said on Friday.
Lucie Beauchesne, a resident of Rimouski we met on a beach in this town where several bird carcasses were observed, told us that she is not in her first carcass found, but that this year things are different .
Never so much
“We’ve never seen so many.” I saw eight of them side by side the other time. I have several friends who will walk less with their dog on the beach for fear of falling on birds. ”
Another Rimousko woman, Nathalie Lainesse, told us that she “finds it worrying about the environment.”
“I’m also afraid that some species of birds will become endangered. It’s a little stressful for the future. “