Thousands of Birds Fall Dead From Sky in Arkansas

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 4:39pm

Update 4:47: ARKANSAS— 125 miles away from Beebe, Arkansas, nearly 100,000 fish were found dead along the Arkansas River near Ozark.

Game and Fish officials believe the drum fish were killed by a disease, though test results are still pending. Officials also said the disease could not have been from a pollutant since all fish, not just the drum fish, would have been affected.

The fish washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the river between Ozark and Clarksville.

The results could take up to a month.


Original story:

ARKANSAS— Thousands of dead birds fell from the sky over the New Year's weekend, and thousands of dead fish were found in a river in nearby.

Nearly 3,000 red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, and European Starlings were dropping from the sky within a one-mile radius near Beebe on Friday. The birds were dead when they hit the ground. Autopsies conducted on 17 birds revealed the birds died due to multiple blunt trauma to their vital organs. Poison has been ruled out, and state biologists believe stress or weather might have played a vital role.

In a river near Ozark, thousands of dead fish were discovered, though Game and Fish Officials said that incident is unrelated to the bird deaths.

A storm tore through Arkansas on Friday and killed three people in Cincinnati, Arkansas. The National Weather Service said winds were registered at up to 140 mph.


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