WASECA, Minn. – Greater than 100 Canada geese and 25 mallards had been discovered lifeless in a southern Minnesota lake.
Lots of of geese fly over Loon Lake in Waseca each day. However since Saturday it has grow to be the ultimate vacation spot for some.
In keeping with the Minnesota Division of Pure Sources, greater than 125 lifeless birds have been discovered on the lake to this point. That quantity is anticipated to rise as they work to determine what’s accountable.
Michelle Carstensen is wildlife well being officer on the DNR.
“I do not assume there’s any trigger for concern, so we do not actually have folks in danger right here,” Carstensen stated. “You recognize, that is simply an unlucky occasion that may occur in wildlife.”
He says samples from the birds had been taken to the College of Minnesota for testing and the preliminary outcomes have given them a concept.
“So the birds that we autopsied all had pneumonia, and the probably trigger proper now could also be aspergillosis, which is a fungus that may be present in moldy grain,” Carstensen stated. “It’s doubtless that the birds fed in an space the place moldy grain was obtainable, after which succumbed to this an infection fairly shortly.”
Because the DNR works to verify this concept and discover the supply of the an infection, it is an vital reminder of what to do each time a lifeless animal is discovered anyplace.
“We actually need folks to make good selections about selecting to not work together with sick or lifeless wildlife or, you realize, hold their pets away and never deal with these animals till we are able to, you realize, deal with them,” Carstensen stated. .