South Tahoe blackbirds die from strychnine

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Updated: 2/12/2014 7:25 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ( & KRNV) – The Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the suspicious death of a flock of blackbirds in the South Lake Tahoe.

According to the Lake Tahoe News, the flock of birds was thinned out after ingesting strychnine. Officers report 34 dead Brewer's Blackbirds were found near the intersection of Lassen Drive and Tuolumne Drive on Jan. 28. Scientists say it is unknown if the poisoning was intentional.

The State Agriculture Commissioner is planning to conduct an investigation to determine who was responsible for the poisoning.
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Kramer - 2/12/2014 6:46 PM
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large flocks of these non-native birds in the Midwest/East have had to be "thinned", as they are a threat to aircraft, poop a lot, and ravage crops. They swarm like flies! By the way, "blackbirds die from stychnine" needs an adverb, like "poisoning"; otherwise, it is a generic statement unrelated to the actual event.

Kramer - 2/12/2014 6:35 PM
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not "Service", that's incorrect

kdavis52 - 2/12/2014 12:06 PM
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Who would do this? This is disgusting. It's bad enough people taking pot shots at them but now using poison? Every bird, bat, or snake has it's purpose. To keep bugs and rodents at bay.

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