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Days After Arkansas, Louisiana Reports Hundreds of Birds Falling Dead From Sky

Days After Arkansas, Louisiana Reports Hundreds of Birds Falling Dead From Sky
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POSTED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 3:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 7:23pm

Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA— First Arkansas had thousands of dead birds and fish over the New Year's weekend, and now Louisiana has the same epidemic.

About 500 blackbirds and starlings have been found about 300 miles away from Beebe, Arkansas, where just days earlier the same bird species were falling dead from the sky, while at least 100,000 dead drum fish washed ashore.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Office in Lake Charles has been recovering as many of the blackbirds as possible for further testing. Biologists are also collecting samples from the birds to send for testing at the University of Georgia and the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin for genetic and pathogenic testing to determine what may have killed them.

On Monday, reports said nearly 3,000 red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, and European Starlings were dropping dead 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 the state of Arkansas on Friday and killed three people in Cincinnati, Arkansas. The National Weather Service said winds were registered at up to 140 mph.

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.

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It IS possible that the drum fish deaths were caused by a pollutant...

Maybe drum fish are the only type of fish that reacted to the pollutant. Much like people can have life threatening allergic reactions to very specific things. The scent of peanut butter does not send all animals into anaphylactic shock, but it does have this effect on some humans.

Or possibly the other fish are immune to the pollutant much like humans can become resistant to antibiotics.

The two events are unrelated, Really???

thousands of a single species of bird, thousands of a single species of fish,

and a group, individual or device that is effecient at targeting an individual species amongst many and removing it.

It isn't a quantum leap to beleive that this was intentional with today's technological potential.

can we say end of the world ? read your bible

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