Monday, January 3, 2011

100,000 Fish Dead In Arkansas After Thousands Of Birds Drop From Sky

Beebe, Arkansas was the location of an extraordinary sight on New Years Eve as thousands of blackbirds dropped from the sky dead.  Some biologists believe fireworks or the weather may have caused stress-related death for the birds. The number of birds killed was initially reported at 1,000, but has since been updated to 5,000.

125 miles from that strange occurrence 100,000 fish have been found dead in the Arkansas River. The drum fish clogged 20 miles of the river in the northwestern section of the state near Ozark. A tugboat captain first noticed the fish on Thursday and now wildlife officials are trying to ascertain what killed the fish. "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."

There is no evidence that the fish kill is related to the mass bird death.


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