Drought blamed for deaths of dozens of Reno ducks

Dead birds and fish linked to ongoing drought. (Van Tieu, KRNV)
Dead birds and fish linked to ongoing drought. (Van Tieu, KRNV)
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Updated: 8/26/2014 1:51 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno city parks officials are blaming degraded water quality due to the drought for the deaths of dozens of ducks at a pair of urban lakes.

Parks manager Jeff Mann says 24 dead ducks have been found at Virginia Lake in recent weeks and a similar number at Teglia's Paradise Park.

Mann told the Reno Gazette-Journal they likely suffered from avian botulism as a result of low water and oxygen levels. He says the situation will probably get worse before it gets better.

Lakes and ponds in all of Reno's parks are fed by Truckee River water and it's been weeks since any fresh water has entered the system.

Mann says there's not much they can do but hope for rain and wait for snow to arrive in the winter.

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