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Bizarre Wildlife Deaths in Arkansas

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 4, 2011

In interesting (and creepy news) over 5,000 red-winged black birds fell from the skies over Beebe, Arkansas on New Years Eve.  And just a few days earlier a massive fish-kill of 100,000 dead drum fish were discovered on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River just 125 miles from Beebe in Ozark.  Currently national and state wildlife officials are investigating both bizarre occurrences.

“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.” He added that fish kills in the area are common, though this one was larger than most. (site CNN News)

As far as what led to the birds’ death, scientists are investigating whether fireworks, poison or bad weather might have forced the birds out of the sky, or if a disoriented bird simply led the flock into the ground.

Read more about these interesting occurences on Fox News and CNN:

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