Arkansas bird kill spreads to La

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 8:36am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 7:16pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Thousands of blackbirds were found dead over the weekend in Arkansas. Now, hundreds are falling from the sky in Louisiana.

500 blackbirds littered Highway 1 in Pointe Coupee on Monday, Jan. 3. There's no clear reason why the birds died. Samples have been sent for analysis. Until the results are back, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has no idea if the two cases are connected.

“At this point, we don’t know that they’re connected at all,” Dr. Tim LaCour, State Wildlife Veterinarian, said to NBC33 News today in Pointe Coupee Parish. “It may be simply a fact that a large number of birds, at the same time, at the same place, large congregations, being diseased or impacted traumatically.”

Birds have turned up in other areas around the state, such as in Lake Charles. Dr. LaCour urges anyone who comes in contact with a dead bird to avoid touching it. If you must dispose of it, use gloves and place it in a plastic bag before throwing away.

If you see a mass of birds in your area, please contact Tracy Mancuso at (225) 765-2812 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. You can also send an email to tmancuso@wlf.la.gov.
 

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