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Due to the current outbreak of Avian Influenza in the United States, please read the information below as it pertains to the importation of game birds for field trials and hunting.

Importation of Game Birds for Field Trials and Hunting

As the fall quickly approaches, many of you will be purchasing game birds from out of state for subsequent release for various purposes such as field trials, hunting, general dog training, etc. Although the DEEP does not require that you obtain a permit for the importation of game birds, the CT Department of Agriculture does. This permitting process is extremely important due to the current outbreak of Avian Influenza in the United States and Canada.

The ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the United States is now the largest such outbreak in the country's history. HPAI has been confirmed in wild, captive, commercial and backyard birds in 21 states since December 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) has confirmed 223 detections of HPAI H5 in backyard and commercial poultry in 15 states, with over 48 million birds affected as of early July 2015.

Here in CT we have over 4.9 million commercial poultry. An outbreak of HPAI would be devastating to the poultry industry in our state, and to our economy. Thus, we are trying to take all the precautionary measures we can to limit the probability of HPAI making it into our state. One way is to make sure we have compliance with permitting and testing of imported game birds. The Department of Agriculture is monitoring the importation of game birds and thus the requirement for a permit. This permitting process will assure that all birds brought into the state are disease free.

How to Acquire a “Poultry Importation Permit” in Accordance with Sec. 22-325

1. Determine what hatchery/source you are going to use to supply the poultry, determine the type, and number of poultry as well as the approximate arrival date.

2. Place the order with the hatchery.

3. The same day you place the order call the Dept of Agriculture at 860-713-2504 and speak with Charmaine Davis. Please have the above information available. Explain that you have placed an order for poultry and wish to obtain a permit to import them into the state.

4. Charmaine will fill out the permit and mail it to you. The permit should arrive at about the same time the poultry arrive. (This is why it is important to call for the permit the same day you call for the poultry order.)

5. The poultry you ordered must come from an National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) approved source. The health paperwork that accompanies the poultry will reflect this. Either a NPIP symbol with corresponding registry number, or an actual health certificate must accompany the poultry into the state.

a. The permit must be filled in on the bottom portion by you.

b. It must be signed and dated by you.

c. The poultry health certificate or NPIP certification form must be attached to the permit and mailed back to the office.

PLEASE NOTE THE PERMIT WILL EXPIRE WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF BEING ISSUED.

6. Once the office receives the poultry permit and proper health papers the quarantine is released and mailed back to you.

7. These documents must be kept on file. Please keep a copy of all health papers for your records.

Please call Mary Joaquin at the Dept of Agriculture at 860-713-2540 with any questions or concerns.

Please note that imported birds are under quarantine until released by the Department of Agriculture. The game birds cannot be released, mixed with other birds or sold to others until the permit has been returned and processed for quarantine release by the Department of Agriculture. The importer has 48 hours to return the completed written permit to the Department.

More information on HPAI and how it affects hunting and hunters can be found in the CT DEEP Migratory Game Bird Hunting Pamphlet and at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/downloads/USDA_HntrCd_Hi.pdf

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2015/fsc_hpai_hunters.pdf

http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/index.jsp

 

 

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