Dead birds mysteriously appear in Kentucky - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Dead birds mysteriously appear in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A Paducah television news station is reporting that a Gilbertsville, Ky. woman has found dozens of dead birds in her front yard -- and Fox 41 News has learned that more birds have been found near Murray State University.

It's a story that sounds eerily similar to an event that took place in Arkansas over the weekend. Residents there have found 3,000 dead blackbirds on the ground, starting last Friday. Biologists have developed several theories on the cause of the deaths, but have been at a loss to determine a solid conclusion.

On Monday, WPSD Local 6 in Paducah, Ky. reported that a woman named Sandy -- she would not divulge her last name -- found dozens of dead birds in her yard.

"I've never seen anything like it," Sandy said. "It's really creepy."

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On Tuesday afternoon, Fox 41 News spoke with Mark Marraccini, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Marraccini confirmed that several hundred dead birds had been found last week near the campus of Murray State University.

He said the birds had been found "scattered round" several city blocks near the university, and included grackles, cowbirds, starlings, red-winged blackbirds and robins.

As with the cases in Arkansas and Gilbertsville, Ky., wildlife experts are at a loss when it comes to a cause.

Marraccini said authorities, "did a full toxicology screen and necropsy, and there was no poison, no disease, no trauma. There was really nothing they could put their fingers on that would cause the deaths."

"It could be natural," he said. "It could be something in the weather. But there was nothing that any of the tests showed that could be the cause."

While some might be alarmed by the mysterious occurrences, Marraccini said it's not unheard of for birds to die in mass quantities from natural causes.

"Sometimes those things happen," he said.

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