Officials suspect poisoning in Oregon crow die-off

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Posted: Nov 28, 2014 7:14 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted, causing their deaths in downtown Portland this week.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1CpZEbu ) that the birds were likely poisoned intentionally, although tests on the corn are not yet complete.

Passers-by began calling authorities on Wednesday morning to report dead or dying crows flopping on the ground and suffering from seizures.

Portland Audubon Society conservation director Bob Sallinger says the flocks of hundreds or thousands of crows draw attention downtown.

Sallinger says his suspicion is supported by the fact that corn is not usually found in an urban environment.

If a poisoning is confirmed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will investigate.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com