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NM Game and Fish reveals likely cause of mysterious bird deaths

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Updated: December 04, 2020 06:22 PM
Created: December 04, 2020 03:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico Game and Fish believes it knows why birds, migrating through New Mexico, dropped dead.

"We do have final pathology reports back from the national lab," said Michael Sloane, director of New Mexico Game and Fish.

Sloane said the weather was likely what caused the birds to die.

"It appears that it was just a perfect storm of events that really hammered the bird population as they migrated," he said.

New Mexico experienced an unusual cold front at the time the birds started dying in September. That coincided with the drought and wildfires in other parts of the county. 

"Conclusive findings are not possible really, the best we can say is that the time of the record cold, the smoke, the high winds, combined with their timing of migration, may have depleted their stores, they may have been depleted because they left early from places to the north," Sloane said.

Sloane added that they didn't find that the birds had any unusual diseases.
 


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