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About 200 birds found dead in South Dakota city

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 21:27
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About 200 birds found dead in South Dakota city


YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine what killed more than 200 birds in the South Dakota city of Yankton.

The dead starlings were found in a downtown area where they had been congregating instead of migrating for the winter. Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel tells the Press & Dakotan that a veterinarian didn’t immediately find anything wrong with them.

Their deaths come on the heels of reports of mysterious bird deaths in several other states. Scientists say mass die-offs of wildlife happen regularly, and are usually unrelated and unreported.

Brasel says that in more than 10 years in the animal control field she has never witnessed anything like what she did Monday. She called the scene “creepy” but said she thinks the bird deaths are just “a fluke thing.”,0,7674556.story

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