As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Jarry Park duck die-off tied to bird-control poison

A group of ducks found dead in Jarry Park in the fall met their end after eating grain laced with a controversial bird-control poison, testing has revealed.

The mystery surrounding the death of more than a dozen ducks, whose bodies were found in a number of places in the park on one day in September, was solved after their remains were sent for necropsy and Avitrol-laced grain was found in their digestive tracts.

“The concentration found in the digestive system of the birds was significant enough to cause death,” Sophie Roy, spokesperson for the Quebec’s environment ministry, said in a statement sent to CBC News.

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