‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho

March 18, 2015 12:25 PM

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About 2,000 snow geese migrating from Mexico to their Alaskan nesting grounds were found dead in Idaho, the state’s Department of Fish and Game announced Monday. Although testing is still in progress, officials believe that the deaths are consistent with avian cholera.

The suddenness in which the birds died is part of the reason that experts suspect avian cholera, which kills acute sufferers in as little as six hours. “Basically, they just fell out of the sky,” Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski told Reuters.

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