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Hundreds of South Dakota dead birds poisoned by USDA

CHICAGO — The deaths of 200 starlings in Yankton, South Dakota this week is no mystery — they died as the result of poison set out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an official said on Thursday. USDA wildlife biologist Ricky Woods explained that a large group of starlings was…

Officials stumped as 1,000 dead birds fall from Arkansas sky

Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over…

Despite oil, baby turtles being released to Gulf

Federal biologists are releasing thousands of endangered baby sea turtles into the western Gulf of Mexico, betting that by the time the silver dollar-sized swimmers make it to the oil-fouled waters of the eastern Gulf, BP will have cleaned up its goopy mess. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and…

BP phone operator: ‘We’re just a diversion to keep them from getting to corporate’

An expose at a local Houston television station is sure to rile company critics when it enters the mainstream media: an operator at a BP phone bank has accused the company of setting them up as a diversion for anguished residents affected by the recent oil spill. “We’re a diversion…

Coast Guard may burn polluted areas to clean up spilled oil

The thick globs of oil now coating delicate grasses along Louisiana’s fragile coast threaten a slow and painful death for countless waterfowl, wildlife and their wetland habitat. Cleaning up the maze of marshes, where there’s nothing to stand on and shallow-bottomed boats are needed to navigated the narrow channels, is…

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