DENVER – Colorado wildlife officials warn of a new disease that kills ducks and geese in the Denver metro area.
It's called "new duck disease" and wildlife officials say it's a bacterial infection that can spread rapidly through the large populations of ducks and geese because they tend to gather in large flocks at this time of year near open water.
So far, hundreds of dead water birds have been reported across the country's metro area and there could be more. Officials say that if you see a dead or dying animal, stay away and do not try to handle it yourself.
"If you come across geese contact, contact the local authority, let the animals' control or park manager handle them, don't try to separate carcasses and keep your pets away," said Jason Clay with Colorado Parks and Wildlife .
Wildlife officials say the "new duck disease" is not the same as the more dangerous dangerous bird flu. Testing continues on the dead water birds as the Department of Parks and Wildlife monitors the spread of the disease.