By: Mark Barnes
July 8, 2015
Reports surfaced on social media last week of multiple birds being found dead in the area. This lead to media reports after they were investigated by Idaho Fish & Game. Officials say, however, there is nothing to worry about.
Last year a reader reported to Kuna Melba News similar reports of dead birds on South Cole Road southwest of Kuna near the old Tyson plant. At the location is a large population of seagulls that seem to have a breeding area near an old man-made pond. After an initial investigation by KMN, it was apparent that numerous adolescent seagulls had been killed on the road, unable to quickly avoid trucks and vehicles that drive down the road.
This year, much of the same carnage is happening on South Cole Road, however Evin Oneale with Idaho Fish & Game said something else is going on as well.
“It’s more than just roadkill,” Oneale said. He said samples of the birds have been taken and not just from seagull adolescents. It may take some time for the results to come back from the lab but he does not believe it is a pathogen.