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Canada: Ontario Authorities Investigate Thousands of Dead Birds

“As many as 6,000 dead birds have washed up on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, say authorities, who believe botulism may be to blame.

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Peter Leon said the number of dead waterfowl is estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000. Officials will be collecting more of the carcasses on Sunday for examination.

The dead birds are scattered along a nearly three-kilometre stretch north of the community of Wasaga Beach, said Leon.

Federal and provincial officials believe the cause of the death is a form of botulism, apparently from the birds eating dead fish, he said.

A spokeswoman for Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle says staff in his department are monitoring the situation and will be collecting more samples. Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued a news release saying the death of large numbers of fish and wildlife on the Great Lakes is not uncommon at certain times of the year. Georgian Bay is on Lake Huron.” Read more.

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  1. Anonymous
    10/23/2011 at 7:57 PM

    As the photographs show, the majority of these ducks are Long Tailed (Old Squaw) and they don’t eat dead fish to the best of my information. Furthermore many other varieties of ducks swimming around in large numbers in good health and seemingly uneffected! Could it be from the chemical fragmities spraying that took place on shore just prior to the fish and duck deaths?


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