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PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Wildlife in Pendleton is nearing completion of an expansion to help it detect avian influenza on birds it takes in and to prevent the disease from spreading within the center’s population.

“Avian influenza is highly pathogenic,” said Lin Tompkins, Blue Mountain Wildlife founder and executive director. “This is a way for us to deal with it safely. We watched avian influenza come across the country and updated our protocols, which were already pretty good, but we haven’t had to deal with something on this scale before.”

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