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Hundreds of dead blackbirds found near New Roads

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Posted: Jan 3, 2011 4:30 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 3, 2011 4:30 PM
Source: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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LABARRE, La. - Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials.

The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10.

Scientists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have been sent out to collect samples, which will be sent for testing to the University of Georgia and National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin.

This comes after about 5,000 blackbirds and swallows were found dead around Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve. Dr. Jim LaCour with LDWF said he's not sure the two incidents are connected.

"It's not common, (but) we do see a few die-offs for various reasons," said LaCour. "Yes, we need to look into it, we need to be a little alarmed, but it's not out of the scope of things to have a die-off."

LaCour said people who find such die-offs should not touch the animals, and instead contact their regional wildlife office.

Images courtesy of Kami Roberts.

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