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Hundreds of Yankton, South Dakota birds poisoned by USDA
ktiv via drudge ^ | Jan 18- 2011 | Forrest Saunders

Posted on 01/21/2011 5:54:23 AM PST by Fawn

YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) -- It's happened in places like Louisiana, Arkansas and Kentucky. Hundreds of birds mysteriously found dead.

Folks in Yankton, South Dakota, thought they were being added to the list after hundreds of dead birds were found there on Monday. Turns out the unpleasant feathered discovery has a solid explanation. They were poisoned.

Some had thought 200 starlings found dead in Yankton's Riverside park had frozen to death. But they were actually poisoned on purpose, by the US Department of Agriculture.

Many of the European Starlings discovered by a passerby, were laying on the ground or frozen in trees. Officials first thought the birds were late to migrate and froze to death during the recent cold spell.

But that theory changed after Yankton police received a phone call from a USDA official who said the birds had been poisoned.

"They say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died in our park," says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel.

The USDA confirms the story, saying the deaths were part of a large killing at a private feed lot in Nebraska.

They say a local farmer had been having troubles with about 5,000 starlings defecating in his feed meal. Department of Ag officials say because of health concerns for the farmer's animals and staff they decided to kill the birds.

They used a bait laced with the poison DRC-1339. The USDA says the birds ate the bait then flew back to Yankton and died.

They say poisoning isn't a common practice.

"We're doing it to address, in this case, agricultural damage as well as the potential for human health and safety issues," says Carol Bannerman USDA Wildlife Services.

USDA officials say they regret they had to kill the birds. But say there's no toxic concern to people or animals.

In all, officials estimate nearly 2,000 birds ate the poison. However, since the bait has been removed they don't expect any more birds to die


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KEYWORDS: birds; evil; farmer; poison
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They must do this often....a farmer complains and death is the answer. SICK!!! How many other creatures will eat these dead birds and/or the poison that is casually put out in the open. People suck.
1 posted on 01/21/2011 5:54:29 AM PST by Fawn
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To: Fawn

“People suck.”

Government people suck the most.


2 posted on 01/21/2011 5:56:55 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: Fawn

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/01/19/scientists-perform-fecal-transplant-treat-hospital-infection/


3 posted on 01/21/2011 5:58:07 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fawn

Yes.. other carrion-eating animals will die, too.

G-D’d government.


4 posted on 01/21/2011 5:58:26 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Fawn
....were laying on the ground or frozen in trees.

That must be a weird sight...............

5 posted on 01/21/2011 5:58:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Fawn

I wonder how PETA feels about this? EPA?
They would be going berzerk if this was the Bush Admin.


6 posted on 01/21/2011 5:59:07 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: Fawn

Very interesting. Thanks for posting. Whatever happened to scarecrows? Bureaucrats running amok.


7 posted on 01/21/2011 5:59:45 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Fawn

So this is the answer to the bird deaths in AR, LA, etc? No wonder the government types were giving such tortured, far-fetched explanations as to the occurrences. I’d like to know how they killed the fish in AR, too.


8 posted on 01/21/2011 6:00:27 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Fawn

And just suppose someone’s cat or dog were to eat one of these poisoned birds. It’s bad enough that wild animals have to get sick or die with the USDA poisonings.


9 posted on 01/21/2011 6:00:27 AM PST by BuffaloJack (What rights will the Obama's regime take from us today?)
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To: Paladin2

????..........


10 posted on 01/21/2011 6:00:54 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Fawn

Starlings are rats with wings. They can completely strip an area of foodstuff for other animals in a matter of minutes.


11 posted on 01/21/2011 6:01:25 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Red Badger

If human poo transplants are good for humans, maybe dinosaur poo transplants are good for cattle.


12 posted on 01/21/2011 6:03:00 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fawn

How many of those birds filled with poison defecated in the farmers feedbins before heading to Yankton?


13 posted on 01/21/2011 6:04:19 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Red Badger

They are just pinin’ for the fjords.


14 posted on 01/21/2011 6:04:34 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Fawn

poisoning pigeons in the park


15 posted on 01/21/2011 6:04:49 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Paladin2

Different species of feces.................


16 posted on 01/21/2011 6:05:16 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Fawn

The thousands of dead doves in from Sweden to Italy were believed to have either got caught in an updraft powerful enough to force them HIGH enough for suffocation....or to have been poisoned. I just googled, and it seems the bodies are still being tested.


17 posted on 01/21/2011 6:05:52 AM PST by cake_crumb (Why do they call them "pat downs" when they're obviously "feel ups"?)
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To: Fawn

Obama kills birdies.


18 posted on 01/21/2011 6:05:52 AM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: Fawn

Around my area, they need to do this with Canadian Geese.


19 posted on 01/21/2011 6:10:31 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Fawn
Place: Cape Cod 1990's

Problem: Too many seagulls.

Government answer...Place poison laced bread in nests with young gulls. Mom eats bread and later dies while on the nest,thus also doing in the young ones.

PROBLEM arises when adult gulls start dropping out of the air and hitting cars etc. etc.

Government at work creating unintended results...Advantage autobody and windshield repair shops

20 posted on 01/21/2011 6:13:57 AM PST by codder too
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To: Fawn
People suck.

Were these swallows?

21 posted on 01/21/2011 6:17:59 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: caver

Just be glad you don’t have pelicans...............


22 posted on 01/21/2011 6:19:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Fawn

It is very rare that other animals will eat starlings. Especially dead starlings. Most carrion eaters are problem animals anyway, and the amount of poison needed to kill a starling will not transmit enough poison to kill the next creature that eats them.


23 posted on 01/21/2011 6:21:00 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: caver

Why not some people?


24 posted on 01/21/2011 6:22:19 AM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Fawn

Starlings are a non-native species.

Just like feral cats. :)


25 posted on 01/21/2011 6:22:34 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Lurker

LOL!


26 posted on 01/21/2011 6:22:56 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Fawn

This was just a test run as they prepare for us ...


27 posted on 01/21/2011 6:28:03 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Red Badger

I see you are from Florida. Do you really have that many pelicans to be a problem? I’ve never seen more than about 10 or so together.


28 posted on 01/21/2011 6:31:28 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: jospehm20

Starlings perch on the rail of my deck and crap all over the place...wish I could poison them and the crows that do the same thing plus the crows are noisy critters. Love the other birds, they eat and fly away.


29 posted on 01/21/2011 6:31:33 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Fawn
Starlings are freeloaders. They lay their eggs in with other species of birds (many songbirds) and the hatchlings kill the good birds and force the mother to feed their voracious appetites.

They are parasites and can kill off entire populations of non invasive species. Then they move on to suck off of another victim. Scum species like Starlings need to go!

So, who really “sucks” here?

30 posted on 01/21/2011 6:32:19 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: caver

Canadian Geese. Ya.


31 posted on 01/21/2011 6:32:37 AM PST by KingLudd
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To: Constitution Day

Cats were always meant to be and live outside.....it’s only the last few years or so that people starting bringing them inside all the time....


32 posted on 01/21/2011 6:33:10 AM PST by Fawn (CANCER SUCKS)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

True, the Blue Bird will eventually go distinct because of the Starlings ... Now, if we could just “sic” these guys on those Canadian Geese.


33 posted on 01/21/2011 6:33:21 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Big Horn

“Why not some people?”

Huh? Are you one of those that put animals on the same level as humans?


34 posted on 01/21/2011 6:33:23 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Scum species like Starlings need to go!

Well...if 'you' say so.....what else do you want eradicated? It's up to you afterall, to destroy and kill what God made....and up to you to play God.

35 posted on 01/21/2011 6:35:11 AM PST by Fawn (CANCER SUCKS)
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To: caver

It’s not that they congregate in large numbers, it’s their penchant for dropping bombs of pelican poop on you from overhead. And they poop in mass quantities. And their diet is FISH................


36 posted on 01/21/2011 6:35:55 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger

I see. I bet they do some serious poop dropping.


37 posted on 01/21/2011 6:37:13 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Fawn; ScottinVA
Please try and get a grip on your knee jerk reactions. The poison is targeted at starlings and is in such small doses many mammals could not ingest enough dead birds to do any harm.

In 1966 it was reported that Starlicide is lethal to starlings with an acute oral LD50 of 3.8 milligrams per kilogram body weight, but less toxic to most other birds. Grain-eating game birds [such as bobwhite quail,[3] pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) and rooks (Corvus frugilegus)[4]] were acknowledged to be more vulnerable. Hawks and mammals were resistant to the poison. Starlings were killed in a slow, “nonviolent” death by uremic poisoning and congestion of major organs.[5] The effect was described as “a grayish white, frost-like material of uric acid overlaying the serosal surfaces of the various organs, accompanied by sterile inflammation and necrosis in the affected and adjacent tissues” akin to avian visceral gout.[4] The site of action is believed to be in the kidney[6]

Trust me with that many starlings around there are few if any game birds left in the area.

38 posted on 01/21/2011 6:38:46 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: PGalt
Starlings will just land on a scarecrow and crap on it.
39 posted on 01/21/2011 6:39:34 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: BuffaloJack

The poison does not impact mammals.


40 posted on 01/21/2011 6:40:06 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Starlings are a scourge.


41 posted on 01/21/2011 6:40:18 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Fawn
People suck.

Starlings suck, especially when their flocks number in the thousands and they're roosing in the trees around your house and squawking away..........

I say kill them all and let the cats sort them out.......and while we're on a killing spree, eradicate all those damn nasty house sparrows too!

FWIW, neither one is native to America, they're both just a useless invasive species of birds.....

42 posted on 01/21/2011 6:40:22 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: caver

They have extremely good aim..........
And they have a penchant for being lazy, too.
They hang around fishing piers and wait for you to catch a fish, then when you start hauling it in, they try and snatch it, thus getting entangled in the line and hooked in the beak. It is not a fun thing to wrestle a panicked pelican to get the line out of its mouth and lines wrapped all around its wings and body............


43 posted on 01/21/2011 6:42:01 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: trisham
Absolutely. I have several friends in the Ag business who spend a great deal of time and money trying to keep them under control.
44 posted on 01/21/2011 6:42:52 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Red Badger

Only went fishing off a pier a few times, but yup....pelicans would get my fish.


45 posted on 01/21/2011 6:44:27 AM PST by Fawn (CANCER SUCKS)
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To: Red Badger

Interesting! It’s neat to watch them fly low just above the ocean surface.


46 posted on 01/21/2011 6:47:08 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver
Around my area, they need to do this with Canadian Geese.

Yes please.

47 posted on 01/21/2011 6:47:22 AM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: mad_as_he$$

LOL! We need to let them land on bureaucrats.


48 posted on 01/21/2011 6:51:10 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Scythian
True, the Blue Bird will eventually go distinct because of the Starlings ...

...and all those bird houses that are usually set up on fence posts for the bluebirds are mostly taken up by the starlings.....

As a side note, bluebirds are supposed to be native to Michigan but I've only seen one pair in my entire life here.........In my bird book it says they made a comeback due to bird enthusiasts putting up thousands of bluebird houses but I suspect the continuously growing starling populations have taken over those house.....kinda like urban blight in the bird world.

49 posted on 01/21/2011 6:52:36 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: Fawn

If New Englanders had not brought Starlings to America in order to have all birds mentioned by Shakespeare in his writings in their country, then you might have a point.

But Starlings are not native to North America, they are a destructive species here, and are harmful to many native species. So any other species that does likewise should be eradicated.

That isn’t playing God, that is correcting our own mistake.


50 posted on 01/21/2011 6:54:24 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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