Skip to comments.Hundreds of Yankton, South Dakota birds poisoned by USDA
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
Government people suck the most.
Yes.. other carrion-eating animals will die, too.
That must be a weird sight...............
I wonder how PETA feels about this? EPA?
They would be going berzerk if this was the Bush Admin.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting. Whatever happened to scarecrows? Bureaucrats running amok.
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.
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.
Starlings are rats with wings. They can completely strip an area of foodstuff for other animals in a matter of minutes.
If human poo transplants are good for humans, maybe dinosaur poo transplants are good for cattle.
How many of those birds filled with poison defecated in the farmers feedbins before heading to Yankton?
They are just pinin’ for the fjords.
poisoning pigeons in the park
Different species of feces.................
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.
Obama kills birdies.
Around my area, they need to do this with Canadian Geese.
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
Were these swallows?
Just be glad you don’t have pelicans...............
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.
Why not some people?
Starlings are a non-native species.
Just like feral cats. :)
This was just a test run as they prepare for us ...
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.
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.
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?
Canadian Geese. Ya.
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....
True, the Blue Bird will eventually go distinct because of the Starlings ... Now, if we could just “sic” these guys on those Canadian Geese.
“Why not some people?”
Huh? Are you one of those that put animals on the same level as humans?
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.
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................
I see. I bet they do some serious poop dropping.
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, pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) and rooks (Corvus frugilegus)] 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. 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. The site of action is believed to be in the kidney
Trust me with that many starlings around there are few if any game birds left in the area.
The poison does not impact mammals.
Starlings are a scourge.
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.....
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............
Only went fishing off a pier a few times, but yup....pelicans would get my fish.
Interesting! It’s neat to watch them fly low just above the ocean surface.
LOL! We need to let them land on bureaucrats.
...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.
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.