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City closes lakes at northwest park after dead ducks found

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City closes lakes at northwest park after dead ducks found

By Victoria Spilabotte & Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 26, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Officials have closed the lakes at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs in northwest Las Vegas.

The lakes were closed as a precaution after approximately 15 dead ducks were found.

"It's strange this has occurred," Las Vegas City Councilman, Steven Ross, said. "I understand its happened in other places in Northern Nevada when the heat goes up several ducks die at a time."

Other waterfowl and ducks seem to be healthy at this time but the city of Las Vegas has decided to close the lakes and test the water.

"It would be nice if somebody would take care of the water level," visitor Tina Bauer said. "That's very critical for fish, fisherman and the survival of wildlife."
 
Bauer and her friend Mary Martinez monitor the pond's wildlife. Both women point to the hot standing water where bacteria grows as a possible danger to ducks when the birds dive for food.
 
"Every form of life wants to survive and this is what we're trying to support," Martinez said.

Even though there's no fishing at the ponds it's not stopping families from enjoying the outdoors and even giving the ducks and alternative food - crackers.
 
Besides the ducks there are other migratory birds at the park and visitors fear some of the young birds are in danger too. It could be several weeks until officials get the final results of the water test.
 
"I hope they can fix it real quick and maintain it because it's such a unique thing to Las Vegas," visitor Amy Haskell said.

The ducks started dying about three weeks ago when the Carpenter 1 wildfire started and a big heatwave hit the Las Vegas Valley.

Ross said the city will look into the potential of runoff from the fire affecting the ducks.
The tests will be conducted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife said the problem is likely linked to a disease ducks get called Avian Botulism. It happens when the birds are exposed to high levels of toxins in the water.

Other areas of the 680-acre park will remain open to the public.

The park is located near North Durango Drive and Grand Teton Drive in the Centennial Hills area.

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