Idaho wildlife officials have retrieved 2,000 dead snow geese that fell from the sky this week.
The birds, whose carcasses were collected over the weekend, appear to have died of avian cholera. But tests are still underway!
The migratory birds were on the return leg of their migration from the southwestern United States and Mexico to their breeding grounds on the northern coast of Alaska when they suddenly died near Dubois, Terreton and Roberts, Idaho.
It’s unclear where the geese picked the bacteria from, but one thing is sure… If other birds eat the carcasses, the disease will spread.
Humans are not considered at high risk of getting the disease, according to U.S. health officials.
In the meantime, biologists have already sighted about 20 eagles in the vicinity of some of the carcasses. So hopefully we will not get an epidemic dynamiting a whole ecosystem!
From: 2,000 snow geese drop dead, fall from sky – WGNO