January 6, 2011


Swedish birds 'scared to death': veterinarian

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, residents found 50 to 100 jackdaws on a street in Falköping southeast of Skövde.

The incident echoed a number of unexplained incidents earlier this week across the southern US.

County veterinarian Robert ter Horst believes that the birds may have been literally scared to death by fireworks set off on Tuesday night.

The Local - www.thelocal.se
V Tse
5 Jan 2011
Photo credit: BL Rosvall/Scanpix
Location: Falköping, Sweden - Map It

Hundreds of birds dead in western Ky.

State wildlife officials say "several hundred" dead birds were found near the Murray State University campus last week.

. . . Marraccini says tests performed on the birds ruled out diseases or poisons.

He said the deaths could have been caused by weather conditions or another natural event.

New England Cable News - www.necn.com
05 Jan 2011
Location: Murray, Kentucky, USA - Map It

Three endangered whooping cranes found dead in south Georgia

Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating the suspicious deaths of three endangered whooping cranes found dead late last month in a field west of Albany.

The cranes were found and reported by hunters in Calhoun County on Dec. 30, according to Tom MacKenzie, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MacKenzie said that the landowner reported that the cranes had been in the area for a few weeks before they were found dead.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - www.ajc.com
M Morris
05 Jan 2011
Location: Calhoun County, Georgia, USA - Map It

40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries

First, it was birds falling from the sky, then thousands of dead fish washing up on shore.

Now, more than 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs have wound up dead on England beaches. The possible reason? Hypothermia.

The Thanet shoreline is littered with the crabs, along with dead starfish, lobsters, sponges and anemones.

Toronto Star - www.thestar.com
J Dunning
5 Jan 2011
Photo credit: D Johnston/AP
Location: Thanet, England - Map It

Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death. This information was updated on January 4, 2011 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
5 Jan 2011
Area: United States

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