Animal Behavior, Methane Poisoning, Dead or Alive and on the move (+ interactive map)

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When Planet X entered the inner Solar System in late 2002 - early 2003, it was not just the Earth that reacted, as it did with an increase in earthquakes, volcanism and extreme weather, the animal life on Earth also started showing signs of the approaching monster.

The most noticeable symptoms were:

  • Crazy Animal Behaviour:  Reports of bizarre behaviour including animal attacks from normally passive creatures and spiders spinning webs over whole fields.
  • Confused Animals:  Whales and dolphins stranding themselves on beaches in droves or getting lost upstream in coastal rivers.
  • Large fish and bird kills:  Flocks of birds falling dead from the sky and shoals of fish dying and floating to the surface of lakes, rivers and washing up along coastlines.

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Crazy Animal Behaviour

Reports of crazy animal behaviour have included sheep that charged a farmer’s wife off a cliff, deer attacking a car and rabbits biting pedestrians.  Spiders have spun webs over whole fields and caterpillar larvae have covered whole trees in silk.

As usual, the Zetas explain the true causes:

http://www.zetatalk.com/transfor/t154.htm (Jan 11th 2003)

Animal behavior also has been noted as almost crazed, where animals normally passive and seeking to avoid confrontation will attack with provocation, or fly in the wrong direction during migration. This is due to signals the animals or insects get from the core of the Earth, signals not known to man, but nonetheless there.  [……]  Spiders weaving webs to an extreme so that acres are covered under webs, get noted, but the base behavior is normal for a spider.  EOZT

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Confused Animals

Other erratic behaviour among animals included a seeming loss of direction with whales and dolphins swimming inland and stranding themselves on beaches.

Unreliable Compasses  (March 28th, 2009)

The compass is unreliable for the past few years, and lately has gotten very extreme in its variance. Many animals and insects have a biological compass, recording during migrations where that compass laid, and when taking a return trip relying on the recording to guide them back. If the Earth's N Pole swings away from the press of Planet X, which is increasingly pointing its N Pole at the Earth, then these animals are not given correct clues and aim for land or up a river. Sad to say, this will only get worse as the last weeks and the pole shift loom on the horizon.   EOZT

Are due to the Magnetic Clash   (July 1st, 2006)

The compass anomaly, swinging to the East, is indicative of the Earth adjusting to the approach of Planet X and the clash of their magnetic fields. The change is indicative of a clash in magnetic fields as Planet X comes ever closer to the Earth, their fields touching. It is the combined field that Earth must adjust to, and continue to adjust to, not the exact position of the N Pole of Planet X within these fields, and the Sun's magnetic field enters into the equation too. This dramatic change, noted by a conscientious tracker, checking dual compasses daily for years, indicates that the Earth is trying to align side-by-side with Planet X, bringing its magnetic N Pole to point toward the Sun, as Planet X is currently doing in the main. These adjustments are temporary, and change about, as magnets can make dramatic and swift changes in their alignment with each other. Put a number of small magnets on a glass, with iron ore dust, and move a large magnet about under them, and watch the jerking about they do. Are we saying the Earth's magnetic field is going to get more erratic in the future, dramatically so? There is no question that this will be one of the signs that will come, yet another not covered by the Global Warming excuse.   EOZT

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Large fish and bird kills

Hundreds, if not thousands, of these events have taken place with the frequency increasing year on year.  Poignant examples include the 20 tonnes of dead herring which washed ashore in Norway and 1200 pelicans found on a beach in Peru.

Earth Farts  (January 9th, 2007)

We have explained, in great detail, that the stretch zone does not register great quakes when rock layers pull apart and sink, as this is a silent Earth change. Nancy has carefully documented breaking water and gas mains, derailing trains, dislocating bridge abutments, mining accidents, and outbreaks of factory explosions, showing that these have occurred in rashes on occasion, when the rock layers pulled apart. [……]  In September-October of 2005, a smell of rotten eggs was sensed from LA to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to the New England states and throughout the South-Eastern US. We explained at that time that this was due to rock layers being pulled apart, releasing gas from moldering vegetation trapped during prior pole shifts, when rock layers were jerked about, trapping vegetation. We explained in March of 2002 that black water off the coast of Florida was caused by this phenomena. Do these fumes cause people to sicken, and birds to die? Mining operations of old had what they called the canary in a birdcage, to warn the miners of methane gas leaks. Birds are very sensitive to these fumes, and die, and this is indeed what happened in Austin, TX. Were it not for the explosions associated with gas leaks, it would be common knowledge that gas leaks sicken, as the body was not structured to breathe such air for long.   EOZT

 

Zetatalk Explanation  (January 8th, 2011)

Dead fish and birds falling from the sky are being reported worldwide, suddenly. This is not a local affair, obviously. Dead birds have been reported in Sweden and N America, and dead fish in N America, Brazil, and New Zealand. Methane is known to cause bird dead, and as methane rises when released during Earth shifting, will float upward through the flocks of birds above. But can this be the cause of dead fish? If birds are more sensitive than humans to methane release, fish are likewise sensitive to changes in the water, as anyone with an aquarium will attest. Those schools of fish caught in rising methane bubbles during sifting of rock layers beneath them will inevitably be affected. Fish cannot, for instance, hold their breath until the emergency passes! Nor do birds have such a mechanism.   EOZT

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Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 20, 2013 at 12:00am

National Mall pond fish kill claims hundreds of fish lives

 

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Mike Gentile of the National Park Service got a surprise early Thursday morning.

The fish kill happened in the Constitutional Gardens Pond on the Mall. Photo: Indira Levine
The fish kill happened in the Constitutional Gardens Pond on the Mall. Photo: Indira Levine

“I got a text early saying we got a giant fish kill going on," he says.

About a thousand dead blue gills were found floating on the Constitutional Garden Pond on the National Mall at 18th and Constitution streets in NW D.C. Wednesday night. And by mid-day, hundreds of dead blue gills were still floating atop Constitution Garden’s pond.

"We're over here, cleaning up all the floating ones," says Gentile. "I can't really smell it at this point, guess all my senses have died off."

As he was scooping up the fish, Arlington resident Holly Wise says she started to smell something:

"Glanced over and and saw someone actually wading in the water, so we cycled over and you could smell the quite strong smell of dead fish."

Tourist Roy Smith says, "I hope it wasn't something that someone put in the water."

According to Mike Gentile, the fish may have died due to a lack of oxygen in the water caused by cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae that "looks kind of like green paint in the water."

The D.C. Department of the Environment took water samples Thursday morning. They were handed off to the D.C. Army National Guard, which will test them.


Source:http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/08/national-mall-poond-hundreds-o... 

Comment by Howard on August 8, 2013 at 5:39am

Dead Birds Fall 'Like Raindrops' in Winnipeg (Aug 7)

Dozens of birds have been found dead or barely alive in the area of King Street and Dufferin Avenue in Winnipeg's North End.

"You couldn't step anywhere without stepping on a bird."

Workers at a nearby community services agency said they saw dozens of birds falling from the sky at around 10:30 a.m.

"It was like raindrops falling," said one employee.

"It's something in the skies. It was affecting them and they were dropping dead," he said.

The streets near the intersection of King and Dufferin were littered with bird carcasses.

The city sent a crew to pick up the remains of the birds.

The wildlife branch of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship confirmed the dead birds are common grackles.

Contractors sent to clean up the dead birds said they were even surprised by the numbers.

"I've never seen this before. This is pretty crazy. I get calls for maybe one or two at the same location," said Cameron Vonau.

The birds that are still alive were taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society to be looked at by a vet.

"My husband said, like, 'This is a Hitchcock movie.' It's crazy!" Tiganagis said.

Manitoba Conservation is investigating the deaths.

Sources

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/deaths-of-dozens-of-birds-in-winnipeg-un...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/08/07/mb-dead-bir...

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/218721871.html

Follow-up report:

Grackle Deaths Still a Mystery - Necropsy Shows No Trace of Poison (Aug 10)

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/grackle-deaths-still-a-myste...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2013 at 2:51am

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C08%5C06%5Cstor...

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

 

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mass marine mortality : Malir, Lyari effluent brings dead fish ashore


* KPT removes 40 metric tonnes of sea animals 

By Amar Guriro


KARACHI: While the recent torrential monsoon rains led to the death of about 50 people in different incidents of electrocution and drowning in the city, it has also brought disaster for the marine life along Karachi coast. The local fishermen and citizens found thousands of dead fish of different sizes floating into the backwaters of Karachi harbour, near islands including Baba Bhit, Kakapir village, Salehabad, Shams Pir on late Sunday evening. 

Majority of these dead fish comprised mullets (locally known as boee), sea bream, skate and mugil, locally known as 'Moori machhi'. The size of the dead fish varies between four inches to one-and-a-half feet, and they're floating on the water besides mangroves.

Local residents also found two corpses of full-sized endangered green turtle lying on the beach near Kakapir village, one of the only few green turtle nesting sites in Indian Ocean. One of the fishermen told Daily Times over telephone that he saw two dead turtles. "I went to look after my boat at the sea, and found two dead turtles along the seaside," said Muhammad Saleh, resident of Kakapir village.

Previously, such a massive marine disaster was witnessed on April 6, 2008, when a large number of fish came in surrounding areas of the harbour; but no government authority took notice.

The appearance of such a huge number of fish along the Karachi coast is not because of any natural phenomenon, the Red Tide (locally known as 'Mara Pani', the killer water), which usually kills a large number of sea species, but it is because of the industrial waste that was dumped in the city's rivers and streams.

The seasonal streams and nullahs overflowing with toxic effluents from tanneries and other industrial units of the city began to flow towards the sea after the recent rains.

According to water experts, rainwater flowing through Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) laden with toxic chemicals entered Karachi harbour killing large number of fish, that can be seen in heaps in and around mangroves, stretches of beaches with China Creek and other adjacent areas.

Muhammad Moazaam Khan, Technical Advisor (marine fisheries) World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)-Pakistan, told Daily Times that this is not the first case of fish being killed in Karachi harbour; on many occasions in the past, release of chemicals by industries located in SITE have resulted in deaths of mullets and other fish. He pointed out that the industrial pollution discharged through Lyari River has to be tackled at point sources on a watershed approach with 'active involvement of all stakeholders'.

Khan also said that rain water usually results in higher productivity of coastal areas because it is rich in nutrients, but when such water passes through industrial areas, it gets heavily polluted. Therefore, rather than bringing blessings to marine life, it results in 'increase in fish mortality'. 

Because of heavy pollution, major part of Karachi Fish Harbour (receiving sewage through Lyari River) and Gizri Creek (receiving sewage through Malir River) has already turned into zones where 'no life exists'.

Rab Nawaz, Director WWF-Pakistan stressed the need for a 'comprehensive master plan' to control pollution resulting from discharge of industrial and domestic waste through Lyari and Malir Rivers.

"Around 435 million gallon per day (MGD) sewage is released through these two rivers resulting in extreme high level of pollution around Karachi. Sewage treatment capacity in Karachi is limited to only 75 MGD; therefore, about 85 percent of the total sewage produced in the city is dumped in the sea, without any treatment resulting in mortality, bioaccumulation and depletion of area with animals and plants," said Nawaz.

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has initiated a 'silent cleanup operation' to remove dead fish from the area, without informing federal or provincial government, Sindh Environment Department, Sindh Environmental Protect Agency (SEPA), authorities of SITE and even media. The KPT authorities are cleaning up the dead fish only in the limits of the harbour, without releasing that pollution has no borders.

"KPT authorities are not cleaning up in the love of marine life, environment or marine ecology, but they are only collecting it to sell the fish meal plants to make feed for poultry," said KPT union leader. However, WWF experts say that dead fish must be dumped properly and may not be used for direct or indirect human consumption because it can have ill effects on human health. According to the officials of KPT, Marine Pollution Control with around ten boats took part in the cleanup operation and until Monday evening; they removed about 40 metric tonnes of dead fish from the limits of the harbour.

Different government agencies including the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Sindh Environment Ministry, City District Government Karachi (CDGK), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and others often made lofty claims that they have made 'all the required' arrangements to stop the industrial pollution from pouring into the sea, but still, the sewage water loaded with heavy pollutants continues to reach downstream stretches of Manora Channel. This poses a grave environmental as well as health hazard to the residents of the area, fish and the endangered species such as green turtle.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2013 at 5:31am

http://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/10590526.Halstead__Almost_500...

Halstead: Almost 500 fish found dead in river

ALMOST 500 fish were found dead in a stretch of the River Colne.

Environment Agency officers were called to the river near Station Road in Earls Colne, behind the industrial estate, on Sunday afternoon.

 At this stage the cause of the deaths of the fish, of which 40 were adults and the rest were babies, is unknown.

The officers have been monitored the river between Sunday and Tuesday and said there was no risk to humans or any other animals.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Based on a survey on Tuesday morning, we are confident that there will be no further fish deaths.

“We are now investigating the cause of the deaths, and have sent dead fish to our labs for analysis.”

The results are expected to take about a week.

In June last year the same stretch of river was affected after thousands of litres of pesticide spilled into Toppesfield Brook and affected 10km of the River Colne.

Thousands of fish were thought to have died and a further 8,000 were rescued.

Fish were reintroduced into the river in December last year.

and another fish kill in Chapel Hill, NC

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=9195024

Dead fish turn up in Chapel Hill creek

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Chapel Hill residents have found dead fish in a creek that is near an area hit by a gas leak Friday.

Officials said the leak happened during construction at the Family Fare BP on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

On Saturday, Robert and Sheile Amareld found the dead fish beside the Crow Branch Creek near their home. Now the residents are concerned their water may be contaminated.

"We found some dead fish down there and it was kind of concerning. We collected them so the animals wouldn't eat them, and we gathered some water and we found it was a little darker than the other stream that wasn't affected," Robert Amareld said. "We could smell some gas, only when you got real close to the water."

Residents said they also started to notice a foam starting to gather in the creek that they had never noticed before.

On Friday, authorities said they did not know sure how much gasoline got into the creek. They were doing testing and trying to trap any gasoline they found.

For that, the neighborhood's association president, Julie McClintock said she is grateful and praised the town for their response. However, she said she and others still have concerns.

"Has all the gasoline and ethanol been trapped? Another concern would be, are we doing everything we can to prevent this kind of thing from happening again?" McClintock said.

ABC11 reached out to the state's Division of Environmental and Natural Resources, but was unable to reach anyone.

Comment by KM on August 3, 2013 at 3:06am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2383788/Mystery-dolphin-dea...

Mystery dolphin deaths: Experts investigate unusually high number of bottle-nosed dolphins found washed up on East Coast beaches

  • 21 dead dolphins have washed up in New Jersey since June up from the usual 12
  • More than 120 bottle-nosed dolphins have been found dead or dying on East Coast beaches since June
  • Marine experts are investigating the deaths but haven't yet found the answer

By Daily Mail Reporter

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An unusually high number of dolphins have been found washed up on East Coast beaches this summer.

From New Jersey to Virginia, more than 120 bottle-nosed dolphins have been found dead or dying on beaches since June.

The bodies are sent to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School for necropsy, or animal autopsy, but so far the answer to what's causing the deaths has eluded experts.

Mysterious: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team members carry a deceased male dolphin on a metal stretcher from Ocean View Beach in Norfolk August 1, 2013 - their third dolphin retrieval of the day

Mysterious: Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team members carry a deceased male dolphin on a metal stretcher from Ocean View Beach in Norfolk August 1, 2013 - their third dolphin retrieval of the day

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2013 at 6:09am

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10216847/Oy...

Oysters hit by mystery illness along French coastline

A mystery illness is wiping out up to 80 per cent of adult oysters along French coastlines in the latest plague to hit the embattled molluscs, which are struggling to cope with global warming.

French oysters
Oyster production in Corsica. Experts are at a loss to explain the causes of the recent illness in French oysters Photo: ALAMY

For the past month, oyster farmers have watched powerless as their shellfish have died in droves with experts at a loss to explain the causes.

"In some areas, 50 to 80 per cent of saleable oysters aged between two to three years have died out," said Olivier Laban, president of the shellfish producers' federation of Arcachon-Aquitaine, western France.

"We have no idea what the origin of this blight is," he told Le Figaro.

Tests are under way at Ifremer, France's marine research institute, with samples taken from oysters along the West coast and the Mediterranean

"All the samples show mortality rates that are higher than normal," said Tristan Renault, mollusc specialist at Ifremer.

"All contain a deadly bacteria (for oysters): Vibro aesturianus. That's probably the murder weapon, but we still don't know who the murderer is. The unusual weather conditions this year are probably behind the phenomenon," he said.

Some oyster farmers blame brutal temperature rises after a "rubbish" Spring and a sudden drop in salt levels in the water due to heavy rains.

They say adult oysters are increasingly fragile.

The profession is still recovering from a plague that has wiped out billions of baby oysters since it first struck in the Spring of 2008. The culprit was fond to be Oyster Herpes virus type 1, or OsHV-1.

It triggered the worst crisis since the native European or "Portuguese" oyster was all but wiped out 30 years ago. Since the 1970s blight, almost all oyster farms in Europe have been restocked with the Pacific "creuse" oyster from Japan and British Columbia.

In the wake of the 2008 virus, annual production has fallen from 120,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes.

"Oyster farmers have tried to adapt, but this (latest attack) is a different story," said Laurent Champeau, shellfish producers' spokesman in the Poitou-Charentes region.

"These losses that are coming at the end of (the oyster life) cycle are much harder to mitigate. It means three years of work down the drain and almost inexistent room for manoeuvre."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2013 at 5:10am

http://wtkr.com/2013/07/31/dead-dolphins-washing-up-on-virginia-bea...

Dead dolphins washing up on Virginia beaches at an alarming rate

Posted on: 5:27 pm, July 31, 2013, by Todd Corilloupdated on: 07:54pm, July 31, 2013

Virginia Beach, Va.  – Dead dolphins are washing up on beaches in Virginia at an alarming rate in July.

Mark Swingle, Director of Research and Conservation at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center says the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team has responded to 82 bottle-nosed dolphin strandings in 2013, with 44 of those happening in the month of July.

“An average year for us is about 65 dolphin stranding for the whole year, so we are quite far ahead of that pace,” Swingle explained. “If you go back 10 years, the average number of dolphins in a July would be about 6 or 7.”

Right now, researchers are trying to figure out how and why the dolphins are dying, but initial examinations suggest it’s not from typical human interactions like boat propellers or fishing nets.

“This has not been that way. These animals don’t appear to have been involved in human activities, at least on cursory examination,” Swingle said.

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is hoping testing of samples of tissue they are collecting from the dolphins may shed light on what’s happening.

“That we hope will tell us more information,” Swingle explained. “So we’ll have tissue samples and things that can be tested for pathology, disease and whether they’ve been exposed to toxic substances.”

Swingle says the dolphins that have washed up are of all different sizes and ages. The only similarities seem to be that most are male and most have been found in the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are finding them primarily in the Chesapeake Bay. Not in any one spot though – they are all over,” Swingle commented. “We’ve picked up animals all the way up near Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay.”

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team is working with other coastal states to see if there are any similar trends happening elsewhere.

They stress that if you find a dolphin on the beach, don’t touch it, but immediately call the Stranding Response Team.

Their hotline is (757)385-7575 and is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Comment by Mario V-R on July 30, 2013 at 2:40pm

Grasshopper outbreak reported in Valley County-

CASCADE, Idaho -- There's a big problem happening right now in Valley County. Hundreds of thousands of grasshoppers are damaging crops and fields, and the Idaho Department of Agriculture is now getting involved to help fight the outbreak.

"We started seeing an increase in population back around Fourth of July and since then it just really exploded," said Mike Cooper with the Idaho Department of Agriculture Plant Industries.

The hot, dry weather is providing the perfect conditions for the grasshoppers to multiply. Cooper says more than 24,000 acres in Valley County have been affected by the grasshoppers. The hardest hit areas include: Cascade, Donnelly, Round Valley and Lake Fork just south of McCall.

"A lot of ranchers started noticing they were losing hay fields, pastures. Grain crops were being damaged," said Cooper.

While Cooper doesn't have a finally tally on the amount of crops and fields damaged, he says some ranchers have had to move their cattle to better pastures for feeding.

By state standards, a grasshopper outbreak reaches damaging levels when there are eight grasshoppers per square yard. Cooper says there have been more than 200 grasshoppers per square yard in parts of Valley County.

The state is mandated under the Idaho Plant Pest Act to assist ranchers and farmers when they request help for controlling grasshoppers and Mormon cricket outbreaks. The state began spraying on Thursday, and they hope to complete the task by mid-week.

"The immediate results that we've had from the ranchers we've already sprayed is they seem to be happy with the amount of mortality they're seeing," said Cooper.

Farmers and ranchers are splitting the cost of treatment with the state. The price tag to fight this outbreak is not yet known. Cooper says the state is only spraying the areas that farmers and ranchers requested assistance, and that the state has provided notification to those who might live or work around those sprayed areas.
Source-http://www.ktvb.com/news/Grasshopper-outbreak-reported-in-Valley-Co...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 26, 2013 at 6:58am

http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/10572800.Thunderstorms_blamed...

Thunderstorms blamed for dead fish in Mary Stevens Park

Dead fish in the lake near the children’s play area. Buy photo: 311302L

Dead fish in the lake near the children’s play area. 

HUNDREDS of dead fish were found floating in a lake at a Stourbridge park after thunderstorms starved them of oxygen.

Heavy downpours on Tuesday (July 23) caused rapid pressure changes and reduced the amount of oxygen in the pond at Mary Stevens Park.

Park manager Stuart Mitchell said he was informed about the demise of the fish yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

Explaining what had caused it, he said: “It was the thunderstorms, it takes the oxygen out of the water.”

He said the council would remove the fish tomorrow morning (Friday July 26).

Councillor Heather Rogers, chairman of Friends of Mary Stevens Park, said she was not surprised to see the dead fish, which she believed were largely common carp and roach.

She said: “We had this problem three or four years ago when we had a period of drought; the level of the water went down and there was a lack of oxygen.

“This time we think it could have been the storm. The water level was very low.”

Cllr Rogers added: “If people are feeding the ducks, I would ask them not to leave too much white bread if they are not eating it as if the water level is low and there isn’t much of a gap between the surface and the silt then it is going to fill it up.”

Natalie Timbrell was at the park with her three children on Wednesday (July 24) afternoon.

She noticed the fish while feeding the ducks and said: “It is upsetting for the kids to see. We come to the park three or four times a week and sometimes see the fish come up to the top when we’re feeding the ducks.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 26, 2013 at 6:26am

http://tumblerridgenews.com/?p=11489

Paralyzed Ravens Being Found Throughout the Peace

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  • Jul 25, 2013

Lynsey Kitching, Reporter

Birds are meant to fly, but they also need their legs to help them take off and to hop around on the ground while eating their food.
Leona Green has been a local wildlife rehabilitator for over 30 years. Under a permit from the Ministry of Environment and a Federal permit, Green has been very involved in rehabilitating animals in the peace for decades.
Her latest focus is on ravens, a handful of which are being reported as having their legs paralyzed.
Green says, “Several weeks ago, the beginning of May, I began receiving calls about ravens with their legs paralyzed. Initially I didn’t think much of it. They would generally die before they could get them to me. What I was saying was, if they died, just dispose of the carcass.”
However the calls continued.
“This snowballed and there are so many of them that people are phoning about. I only received a few that got here before they died. The ravens couldn’t eat by themselves because they couldn’t hop around. I was feeding them, they were eating then they would die anyway. Then this got to be quite a thing,” she explains in disbelief.
Green then brought the situation to the attention of the conservation officer who advised her to call the wildlife vet down in Victory, who Green has known for years; Dr. Helen Schwantje, the Provincial Wildlife Vet for Fish and Habitat Wildlife Management, Ministry of Forest Lands and Resource Operations.
No one knows what is causing the paralysis.
Green explains the legs become paralyzed and then after a short time, the legs atrophy and become totally useless and stiff.
“So far, I’m crossing my fingers, it’s only been in ravens. It’s not as if they were in one given area and getting into something, it’s widespread,” says Green.
Reports have come in to her from Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. “One bird from Tumbler Ridge and it died within 24 hours although I was feeding it; another one which died within a few hours; two more that c ame in from Dawson Creek,” says Green.
The concern now is whether what is happening to the ravens could be transferred to other birds or animals. “Is it something that could go into others?” asks Green, “This is what we’re about right now. We do not know what is causing it, we can’t even guess,” she says.
The wildlife team is hoping by sending some ravens to the wildlife lab in Abbotsford operated through the Ministry of Agriculture, called the Animal Health Centre, they will get some answers.
Green still needs to collect at least two more ravens to have sufficient data for the lab.
She says the birds can come to her dead or alive. “Even if the raven is dead, on examination I would know whether it died of the problem we are having.”
Here in town Donna and Bailey Beale are authorized by the conservation officer to accept the animal and bring it to Green.
They can be reached at 250-242-4975, 250-242-7160 or 250-242-7556.
Donna Beale says, “People need to not keep the birds because we need to find out why and if it will spread.”
Brad Lacey from the Conservation Office says, “It’s an unusual occurrence and what it’s called is a localised cluster meaning there is a number of similar cases occurring. It’s an unusual aliment that hasn’t been identified yet.”
Dr. Schwantje would like to stress that whatever is happening to the ravens is not West Nile virus because it is not typical in our area and it doesn’t present in the fashion the ravens are showing.
The examination by the lab will determine if the leg paralysis for the ravens is due to injury, infection or biological/environmental factors.
Dr. Schwatje has provided a guideline for how people should prepare and handle a bird if found:
“All birds must be in good diagnostic condition (limited decomposition or scavenging). Dead birds must be handled using common sense sanitary precautions to reduce risks to human health. Carcasses should be handled using a shovel or, if one is not available, disposable gloves or inverted plastic bags, followed by thorough hand-washing with soap and water (20 seconds to remove debris). Avoid contact with feces, blood, body fluids, & sharp parts of the bird. Carcasses should be: a) stored in double plastic bags b) in bags clearly labeled with an attached tag stating date of death, location & species c) kept cool until further instructions are provided by the investigating Wildlife Agency representative.”
On top of the phone numbers provided above, folks can phone 1-866-431-bird or the conservation office at 1-877-952-7277.

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