Deceased birds are being found throughout Longmont and officials warn residents to leave them be.
Longmont Public Safety reported through social media that officials have seen a small number of dead birds in a few of the city's parks.
LPS believes the cause of death for these birds could be the avian flu.
The avian flu is a highly infectious disease that is naturally spread among wild aquatic birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The avian flu can also be spread to domestic poultry and other birds as well as other animal species, the CDC states on its website. While bird flu viruses rarely infect humans, some human infections have occurred, according to the CDC.
LPS suggests that residents not make direct contact with sick or dead birds. However, in a situation where interaction is necessary, LPS suggests wearing a mask, eye protection and gloves while collecting the dead bird. It also suggests using a long-handled shovel to place the bird into double bags and placing it into an outdoor trash container.
It is also important to remember to dispose of your gloves and mask and immediately wash your hands, according to the LPS post.
Residents can call the city of Longmont at 303-651-8416 to report a dead bird on city property.