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    BIRD FLU IS NO OBSTACLE FOR KAMCHATKA HUNTERS

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    PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, April 9 (RIA Novosti's Oksana Guseva) - Chief hunting specialist of the Regional hunting directorate Vsevolod Voropanov told RIA Novosti that it had been decided not to ban spring hunting for birds in Kamchatka (a peninsula in the north-east of Russia).

    In a number of regions of the Far East hunt for birds is prohibited in connection with the threat of carrying bird flu by birds.

    According to Voropanov, hunting for birds will go on in a usual regime in Kamchatka. In different districts of the peninsula the hunt for birds will begin between April 26 and May 7, and will end on May 5-14.

    According to the official data, every spring the hunters shoot hundreds of geese and more than 60,000 ducks in Kamchatka. Most of the ducks and geese populating Kamchatka hibernate in Japan, China and the Korean peninsula.

    Roughly one million birds of other species building their nests in Kamchatka, coming back from hibernation far away, make long stops on marshes in the Southeast-Asian countries and China.

    In expert opinion, despite this, the possibility to bring the virus to the peininsula is extremely small: a bird which contracted flu dies in 4-5 days, while it takes migrant birds 7-10 days to get from the places of their hibernation to Kamchatka.

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