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Dec 20, 2016

Thousands of Snow Geese poisoned in Montana

Photo by Keith Myers / AP
Photo by Tom Munson

Metal-laden waters of open pit mine are deadly
Associated Press reported last week that several thousand Snow Geese have died following a snowstorm that forced huge flocks of the big birds to land in acidic, metal-laden waters of an old, open Montana pit mine.   Spotlights and noise-makers plus other measures were used to scare of the birds and prevent others from landing.
The flock was estimated to be around 25,000 birds, of which 2,500 were poisoned and died.   Sadly, open water was no safe haven for the unknowing birds.   A pitiful end to magnificent creatures.
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