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Ducks Dying By The Dozen at Local Lake

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Nearly three dozen dead ducks have been found at Ellis Lake in Marysville in the past week. 
Krysta Rogers with California Department of Fish and Game says there are a couple of possible causes of death, including Avian Botulism.

ROGERSL: "In situations where the birds are being fed bread, those types of things that the birds don't really process, they just, it just goes basically right through them, it provides a good substrate for the bacterial growth.

Rogers says another possibility is that a bird infected with cholera could have started a chain reaction. 
A couple of samples will be sent to the California Animal Health and Safety lab at UC Davis so that researchers can identify a cause of death. 
Rogers says these types of mass bird deaths are usually larger in natural bodies of water compared to man-made lakes like Marysville's Ellis Lake.
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