Suspected Wild Animal Poisoning

On Friday, January 31, 2014, State Wildlife officials responded to the call of concerned residents at the Island Club Apartment complex regarding a suspected wild animal poisoning. Upon arrival, the officers encountered approximately 50 ducks and geese, in and surrounding a nearby pond, that were in distress or confirmed dead from ingesting an unknown substance. Additionally, officers discovered a cracked corn mix that contained small blue pellets intentionally scattered near the pond. Samples of the pellets were collected and sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for testing. The results of the tests revealed the blue pellets to be a combination of poisons. Waterfowl are considered migratory birds and are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act under both State and Federal statutes. Photos may be viewed below.

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