Killing Ducks Along Lake Erie
State wildlife officials say dozens of ducks are dying
on Lake Erie bays and that the only thing that could save
them is another heavy rain.
The ducks have symptoms of botulism, which paralyzes
their legs, weakens their necks and causes them to drown.
Three birds were pulled yesterday from Whiskey Island
and sent to Wisconsin for tests.
Wildlife officer Reno "Jay" Reda says a windy
thunderstorm could cool and aerate the water, reducing
the levels of bacteria that cause botulism.
Conditions are perfect now for the bacteria at Whiskey
Island, Cleveland's largest marina. Dead fish along with
trash and sewage carried into the lake by recent floodwaters
are attracting flies, whose larvae are a good protein
source for ducks but can also carry the botulism bacteria.