Dead birds fall from southern US sky, experts befuddled

A mysterious case of bird deaths has wildlife officials in the southern states scratching their heads.

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A mysterious case of bird deaths has wildlife officials in the U.S. southern states scratching their heads.

About 3,000 red-winged blackbirds were found dead or dying in Beebe, Ark., last week. If that wasn’t bad enough, then another 500 blackbirds were found dead just over the border in Louisiana.

The cause of the deaths remains unknown and wildlife officials in both states are sending bodies to the lab for study.

Some have speculated that the deaths may have been caused by heart attacks, bad weather or fireworks.

Last week, hundreds of thousands of drum fish washed up dead along a 20 kilometre stretch of the Arkansas River.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.


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