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Posted Tue Jan 13 2009: from The Olympian:
Mysterious pelican deaths worry California biologists
In a troubling wildlife mystery, sick and injured California brown pelicans are landing in suburban ponds, driveways and backyards -- far from their ocean home.... "Now they are appearing in really unusual places." ... Die-offs of young birds aren't uncommon along the coast this time of year. But bird rescuers knew something was amiss when many of the sick pelicans were adults, found far inland, bruised and starving. A social animal, it is rarely found alone.... "We are seeing a number of conditions that are not typical of domoic acid toxicity or a domoic acid event. Therefore, we are continuing to collect and test samples, keeping an open mind and considering all possibilities." Other theories have surfaced. Perhaps the birds are ingesting toxic fire retardants that washed to sea after recent fires. Maybe they're sick with a viral infection. Or perhaps the cold weather that hit the Pacific Northwest in December boosted their susceptibility to some yet-identified disease. Or there could be a confluence of factors.
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