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Hundreds Of Dead Birds In South Dakota Were Killed By U.S. Government

Friday, January 21, 2011 21:21
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The Huffington Post

When hundreds of dead birds were found Monday in Yankton, South Dakota, many residents were puzzled, thinking it was the latest in a string of similar mysterious mass animal deaths around the world. But this is one instance of the many where a clear cause has been identified, as the U.S. government claims responsibility for killing the more than 200 starlings.

It was initially believed that cold weather may have caused the bird deaths, but then Yankton police received a call from the USDA, attesting that they had poisoned the birds at a feedlot 10 miles away, KTIV reports. Apparently, some 5,000 of the birds were defecating in the feed meal, posing a threat to the animals and farm workers, when the USDA decided killing them would be the best action to take.

A bait laced with the poison DRC-1339 was used, though officials were surprised the birds made it so far before dying. They assure that the poisoned dead birds do not pose a risk to nearby animals or humans.

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  • Wake up Neo

    Does anyone really believe this? So after who knows how many years/decades this feedlot has been around they can’t figure out how to keep birds from defecating on the feed? Really?

    So the USDA thinks its a better idea to POISON wildlife (illegal, BTW), than to figure out some super high technology like, oh, I don’t know, a cover? Maybe look at how other feedlots handle this issue? Surely this can’t be the only feedlot that has this problem. This is such a load of crap.

  • Automaton

    100% agreed. This is bird-shit.

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