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TWRA: Pesticide Caused Deaths Of Ducks In Mt. Juliet

TWRA: Pesticide Caused Deaths Of Ducks In Mt. Juliet

CREATED Jul 3, 2014
MT. JULIET, Tenn. - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said an investigation has found that a pesticide caused the deaths of several ducks last month around Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet.

Doug Markham with the TWRA said it was unclear whether the birds were poisoned accidentally or intentionally.

The homeowners told NewsChannel 5 approximately two dozen animals died on their property between Sunday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 17.

Michelle Desirey said that her husband seen ducks suddenly fly into the rocks and die.

"He saw two wild ducks fly in that never got in the water. They landed on the rocks and immediately had something like a seizure, and then just died right there,” she said. "In five minutes they were all dead. It was heartbreaking.”

Over a period of 24 hours, she said they found more than 20 dead ducks, as well as a deceased raccoon and woodpecker in the same area.

TWRA sent the carcasses for testing and said the ducks ate corn containing the pesticide carbofuran, which is extremely toxic to the animals.

The TWRA said the investigation was still ongoing. No charges have been filed.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)