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

January 26, 2011

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From Huffington Post
By Travis Walter Donovan

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.

While the mystery of dead birds falling from the sky in South Dakota was quickly solved, similar mass animal deaths around the world remain enigmatic. 200 dead cows were recently found on a farm in Wisconsin, with a disease or pneumonia suspected as the culprit. Prior to that, mass bird deaths ranging from dozens to thousands were reported in ArkansasAlabamaLouisiana,KentuckyCaliforniaItaly and Sweden. Mass fish death had been report in Arkansas, Maryland, Chicago, New Zealand and Brazil, and 40,000 crabs washed ashore beaches in England.

Officials don’t believe any of the incidents are related, and suspect a wide range of causes to be responsible, from cold weather and fireworks to semi-truck collisions and overeating, though they admit in many instances a clear cause may never be identified. According to The AP, mass animal deaths are not a rare occurrence.

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the powers that be can
come up with any excuse
but as i see it, they are
dishonest and obtuse
and will cover up
anything that casts
upon them a bad light
at the same spreading
misery and blight

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 26, 2011 11:08 am

    the powers that be can
    come up with any excuse
    but as i see it, they are
    dishonest and obtuse
    and will cover up
    anything that casts
    upon them a bad light
    at the same spreading
    misery and blight


  2. Marguerite Blake permalink
    January 26, 2011 12:04 pm

    Very sad. When will it ever end? There is never a mass killing of only one species with poison. It gets in our water, earth, other foods, other lives…. I think we need to not be spending our precious tax monies on poisoning our environment…There must be a better way to solve this dilema….Poison really is deadly to all life forms on this planet we share; dont we have a responsibility to preserve life for our future children?


  3. January 29, 2011 6:44 am

    We can only hold the EPA responsible as far as how tied their hands are by political special interests! If “we” would get out of their way and LET the EPA do their job… it would behoove us all.


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