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    More than 1,900 birds dead from avian botulism in Nevada

    NewsBird NewsTuesday 11 October 2011
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    Nearly 2,000 ducks and other birds are dead from avian botulism in one of Nevada’s more significant outbreaks of the disease.

    Mallards, green-wing teals, redhead ducks and other birds including American avocets and white-faced ibis began dying at a private lake about 20 miles southwest of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 30.

    The number of bacteria-killed birds has been on a steady rise ever since and could make 2011 one of the 10 worst years for botulism outbreaks since state records started in 1949.

    “It’s starting to get a bit out of control,” said Russell Woolstenhulme, a migratory game bird specialist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

     

    Source: RGJ.com

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